Former prosecutor John Bujak officially running for Idaho governor

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The former Canyon County prosecutor charged with bankruptcy fraud by the U.S. Attorney's Office has filed official paperwork to run for governor.

John Bujak made the announcement Thursday on his website.

"It is time to take back our state, take back our constitutional rights and freedoms, and once again create an Idaho that lives up to the principles and ideals of our Founding Fathers," Bujak wrote in the statement."

"I am confident that together, by the power of your vote, we can create a better Idaho, a place where all Idahoans have a genuine opportunity to realize the American Dream. It will not be easy, nor will it happen overnight, but it is a fight we can win together. Join me in the fight for Idaho's future."

Bujak pleaded not guilty in January to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, making a false statement under oath, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

An indictment alleges that during Bujak's bankruptcy hearing from Nov. 2010 to Sept. 2011, he failed to disclose his wife's Rolex watch while under oath. The indictment goes on to allege that the former prosecutor sold the watch and a diamond ring to a jewelry store in Florida and received a check for $26,000 for payment.

Bujak's trial is scheduled to begin May 6.