Former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak arrested for embezzlement and Grand Theft


NAMPA, IDAHO (KBOI-TV) - A thirteen month investigation by Idaho State Police has led to the arrest of former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak.

Felony charges of Grand Theft by embezzlement and Grand Theft by deception were filed against Bujak for instances occurring between September 2009 and June 2010.

Bujak was arrested around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. A preliminary hearing has been set for January 15th 2012. Bujak's bail was been set $5,000.

He must also stay in the area, wear a monitoring device, and surrender his passport as well.

A press conference concerning the arrest is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Check back for any additional details that become available.

Following the arrest, the Canyon County Commissioners and Prosecutor's Office issued this statement:

"We understand that John Bujak has been arrested on two charges of felony grand theft. We have long believed such charges should be filed, and are gratified to see that our trust, and the trust of our community, in the criminal justice system has been rewarded in this manner. We have strong opinions about Bujak’s conduct and the representations he made to us as our lawyer during 2009-2010, and are looking forward to finally sharing the facts of that experience in a court of law.

We are not now, nor have we ever been, responsible for Mr. Bujak’s own decisions and conduct. We are hopeful that Bujak will ultimately be held criminally accountable for the things he did to Canyon County and the things he said to us, and we continue to have every confidence that justice will in fact carry the day.

At the same time, we want to point out the tremendous job done by County employees to keep the business of local government from being compromised by the Bujak drama. We have, as individuals and members of the Board of County Commissioners, felt frustrated, angry, embarrassed, and at times let down by the events of the past couple years, but we have never doubted in the character and will of our employees in general. Every day, we have over 700 people who show up and serve the public interest to the very best of their ability. The Bujak scandal is not a reflection of how business in Canyon County gets done, and for that we are grateful to our fellow elected officials, department heads, and employees. Canyon County is stronger than ever before."

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