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NAMPA -- A judge has ruled a former Canyon County must keep wearing an electronic ankle monitor while awaiting trial on grand theft charges related to his handling of money from a contract to prosecute misdemeanors in Nampa.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports attorneys for John Bujak sought to free him from the ankle device earlier this week to no avail. Bujak was able, however, to arrange a visit to see his parents in northern Idaho's Kootenai County for the holidays.

Bujak had been required to stay in southwestern Idaho following his Dec. 13 arrest on charges of grand theft by embezzlement and grand theft by deception. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25.

Bujak resigned last year amid a dispute involving almost $300,000 the county says he owes.

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