Posts tagged: Canyon County
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) ― Members of a southwestern Idaho jury decided they couldn't come to a unanimous decision on whether former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak misused public funds. Jurors on Thursday told 3rd District Court Judge G.D. Carey that they were sharply divided over a verdict. Prosecutors say Bujak mishandled money from a contract to prosecute misdemeanors in Nampa. Bujak, who acted as his own attorney, countered during his trial that money exceeding the amount necessary to pay his county staff to cover Nampa cases belonged to him. With this deadlock, prosecutors must decide whether to abandon the case ― or try for a new trial. Bujak faces 14 years in prison, if convicted. He's facing other felony charges including grand theft at separate trials set for later this year.
The Idaho Press-Tribune is now reporting that former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak is accused of embezzling $236,000 from funds the city of Nampa paid the county for prosecution services; you can read their full story here. Reporter Mike Butts reports that Bujak was arrested on charges of deception and felony grand theft by embezzlement, and that today's arrest concluded a 13-month investigation by the Idaho State Police. Bujak posted $5,000 bond and was released from jail about two hours after his arrest.
Former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak was arrested today on two felony charges of grand theft, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports; the paper says Bujak was arrested during a divorce court hearing, during which others were asked to leave, and then Bujak was arrested and take out the back of the courtroom. You can read more at the Press-Tribune here.
Beleagured former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak had a complaint filed against him by the Idaho State Bar today for professional misconduct including embezzlement and fraud, asking to suspend him from the practice of law and order him to pay restitution for two cases: One in which he allegedly embezzled more than a year's worth of monthly payments in a property dispute in which he was representing a buyer, cashing the checks himself and keeping the funds; and another in which he persuaded an elderly woman client to sign over all her assets, including her home and vehicle, to an irrevocable trust benefiting himself and his assistant; five years later, after the woman contacted another lawyer and said she'd been misled, Bujak agreed in court proceedings to relinquish his claims against her estate. You can read the full bar complaint here.
The news that Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak was resigning on Friday was quickly followed by the revelation that Bujak owes the county hundreds of thousands of dollars, money he collected under a contract to have the county handle prosecutions for the city of Nampa, but didn’t turn over to the county. Here’s a link to the Idaho Press-Tribune’s coverage today of the story, and here’s a link to the Idaho Statesman story, which notes that Bujak has had financial troubles since he was elected prosecutor two years ago; his Nampa home went into foreclosure in 2009, and Idaho court records list a variety of civil claims against him. Canyon County commissioners accepted Bujak’s resignation on Friday; deputy prosecutor Tim Fleming will fill in until a new prosecutor is named.
Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak has resigned two years after taking public office. Bujak unseated four-term county prosecutor Dave Young in 2008, leaving his job at a Nampa law practice. Canyon County Commissioners say they accepted Bujak’s resignation early Friday. Deputy prosecutor Tim Fleming is scheduled to take over Bujak’s duties as interim prosecutor. County officials say they will discuss the resignation at a press conference later Friday.