- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A former southwestern Idaho prosecutor has denied charges that he tried to hide assets from a bankruptcy court.

John Bujak pleaded not guilty Thursday to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, making a false statement under oath, money laundering and obstruction of justice during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Ronald Bush in Boise.

Bujak, a former Canyon County prosecutor, requested a public defender. Bush granted one for Thursday’s arraignment but didn’t decide whether to continue the appointment. Bujak’s trial is set for March 25.

The U.S. attorney’s office alleges Bujak did not disclose to the bankruptcy court that he and his then-wife owned a $25,000 Rolex watch and that it and a ring were sold to an out-of-state jeweler. Prosecutors say Bujak cashed the check at a payday loan store rather than putting it in his bank account.

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