No results yet for Bujak investigation
One year after John Bujak resigned from his post, there’s still no word whether the former Canyon County prosecutor will be charged with criminal behavior.
Bujak resigned after the County said he owed them $300,000 from a contract he had with the County and the city of Nampa.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson was put in charge of the investigation, along with the Idaho State Police. Their aim is to find out if any criminal activity happened with that money.
“When we were asked to conduct the inquiry a year ago, we had no inkling that it would turn into something this complicated and this protracted,” Thompson said.
He says they hoped to have answers by this point.
“When we thought we were near a conclusion, additional information surfaced which we were not aware of before, which caused investigators to come back and conduct further factual inquiries,” he said.
Investigators are dealing with thousands of documents from multiple sources. Complicating all of it, investigators live 300 miles away – and they still have full-time jobs at their offices.
But it’s not just Canyon County taxpayers who want answers. Even John Bujak himself wrote in an email:
“I cannot speak openly about my side of the story until the special prosecutor, Bill Thompson, has issued his decision. Thompson has promised to issue his decision several times over the past year but I am still waiting.”
Thompson won’t predict when the results will be released, but says they believe they’re done with the fact-finding part of the investigation.
“We want to be able to reach as accurate and complete a conclusion as possible and when we are able to get to that point, to be as transparent as possible about what actually occurred,” he said.