CANYON COUNTY -- Former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak has turned in, at the request of the court, a financial snapshot of his family's financial situation.

The document filed Monday shows he has debts ofnearly $1.3 million.

Bujak resigned from his position asprosecutor back in September.He filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 1.

Canyon County says Bujak still owes them more than $300,000 from a contract he had with the county and the city of Nampa.

But according to a local bankruptcy lawyer, it could prove difficult for the county to recoup that money.

Court documents obtained by KTVB outline the financial status of the Bujak family.

The documents show Bujak currently has assets totaling about $526,000, and owes 14 creditors nearly $1.3 million.

As part of Bujak's assets, he lists his Caldwell home and two vehicles -- a Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac Escalade.

According to the documents, Bujak owes more on the home and two cars than they're currently worth.

Also listed is the $300,000 Bujak owes to Canyon County. The debt is listed in the paperwork as disputed, which could mean a number of things, including that Bujak possibly disputes the exact amount.

Jon Wilson is a bankruptcy attorney that has been practicing for more than 20 years. He explains when someone files for Chapter 7, most debts are discharged, meaning the person filing no longer has to pay those debts.

There can be no collection efforts on it by the county or any other creditors can't collect on of their bills without permission from the bankruptcy court, said Wilson.

This is why Wilson says it could be difficult for the county or any other creditor to recoup money owed without a lengthy legal battle.

The county, through their attorney would have to bring an adversary lawsuit, a new lawsuit in the bankruptcy arena to establish there's an exception to that discharge, said Wilson. There's a reason why some or all that debt should not be discharged.

Canyon County Commissioner David Ferdinand says the county is planning on using every legal avenue to get the $302,000 back.

We're told the current Canyon County Prosecutor Brian Taylor has re-worked his office's budget to make it completely transparent. The prosecutor s office is also working on a new budget that would allow them to recoup those funds, should they not get paid.

KTVB tried to contact John Bujak, but he did not respond to our request for an interview.

The Latah County Prosecutor's Office and Idaho State Police are continuing their investigation into whether there was any criminal wrongdoing on Bujak's part. They hope to wrap up their investigation in the next month.

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