Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bujak Indicted For Fraud, Money Laundering, Obstruction of Justice

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak, who successfully fought back a string of state charges accusing him of mishandling county and client funds, was hit was a federal indictment today with prosecutors accusing the 44-year-old former prosecutor of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, making a false statement under oath, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

The federal indictment alleges that Bujak lied about the ownership of a Rolex watch, worth $25,000, when he declared bankruptcy. According to the indictment, Bujak concealed from trustees and creditors the sale of the watch to a jeweler and tried to hide the funds by cashing the check at a MoneyTree store rather than depositing it into his personal bank accounts or cashing it at his bank. Additionally, Bujak is accused of making false statements to investigators regarding the possession of the watch.

The charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and making a false statement under oath are each punishable by up to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. The charge of money laundering is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, and up to five years of supervised release. Obstruction of justice is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. The government is seeking forfeiture of proceeds of the unlawful activity and property involved in money laundering.

After successfully fighting back criminal charges of preparation of false evidence and computer crime, Bujak announced last August that he was anxious to get back to practice private law following the Idaho Supreme Court's decision to reinstate his license.

In July 2013, state prosecutors dropped the felony charges after two juries acquitted Bujak of other crimes—theft by unauthorized control and misuse of public funds— in separate trials.

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