BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former southwest Idaho prosecutor charged with bankruptcy fraud in federal court has been given the OK to represent himself.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge in documents released Thursday approved John Bujak's request. Bujak in January pleaded not guilty to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, making a false statement under oath, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

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.