BOISE -- The embattled former Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney John T. Bujak has been indicted on federal charges stemming from a 2010 bankruptcy filing.
The federal indictment is the latest in several attempts by local and state authorities to hold the 44-year-old attorney responsible for what is alleged to be a complex web of crime.
U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olsen announced Tuesday that Bujak was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, making a false statement under oath, money laundering, and two counts of obstruction of justice.
Bujak is accused of concealing his and his wife's ownership in a woman's Rolex watch by failing to report the expensive asset to a federal bankruptcy trustee while under oath.
Bujak is then believed to have sold the Rolex watch to a jewelry store in Florida for a profit of $25,000, afterward concealing the proceeds from the bankruptcy trustee and his creditors by cashing a check at a local MoneyTree store and pocketing the cash.
Furthermore, Bujak is then accused of making false statements to the trustee regarding the watch. Olsen says Bujak claimed he gave the watch to his mother-in-law before filing for bankruptcy, and that she gave it back after he filed for bankruptcy.
The indictment also accuses Bujak of trying to convince his former wife to make false statements about the watch to the bankruptcy trustee.
All told, Bujak's charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, and making a false statement under oath are punishable by up to five years in prison each. The charge of money laundering is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000. Obstruction of justice is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
Aphone call placed to Bujak on Tuesday found the former attorney unaware he'd been indicted. He later posted the following response to the charges on his Facebook account:
I received some unpleasant news today (it definitely felt like deja vu). I learned from news reporters that the federal government has charged me with crimes related to my bankruptcy case. The charges are based on allegations made over two years ago by my ex-wife. So it's back into the ring I go with gloves off. I intend to defend against the charges and work through the court system to clear my name (again). I appreciate all of you who have continued to show support for me and my family and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Bujak's legal history includes various criminal allegations that he illegally pocketed $288,000 from the City of Nampa and CanyonCounty under a special contract for his prosecuting services to both parties.
The former attorney was found not guility of the majority of the charges during several trials stemming from the allegations.
Jury finds Bujak not guilty in estate theft case
Judge declares mistrial in Bujak case
Jury finds Bujak not guilty of misusing of public funds
Canyon County drops complaint against Bujak
He did plead guilty to contempt of court in July of 2013.
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