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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

JOHN DRAYMAN: Former Glendale City Councilman Indicted on Embezzlement, Perjury Charges, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah

Looks like another "screwball" EX-CITY MAYOR here in LA County was thinking he could get past the almighty Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office of Public Integrity.  Nice try, John...BTW...Click HERE to READ THE ENTIRE INDICTMENT

LOS ANGELES – Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman has been indicted for allegedly stealing nearly $305,000 from a Montrose farmers’ market over eight years, the District Attorney’s Office announced today. The 28-count Grand Jury indictment was unsealed this morning by Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg after the 54-year-old former councilman pleaded not guilty. Drayman, who left office last year, was taken into custody and is being held on $200,000 bail. Deputy District Attorneys Susan Schwartz and Dana Aratani with the Public Integrity Division are prosecuting the case. Beginning in 2002, Drayman served as director of the Montrose Shopping Park Association’s Harvest Market, which operated a farmers’ market every Sunday in the Montrose section of Glendale. As director, Drayman was responsible for collecting proceeds from the weekly event and turning the money over to the association’s treasurer. The indictment alleges Drayman embezzled an estimated $305,000 between Jan. 1, 2004 and April 30, 2011, from the farmers’ market and laundered the money through his personal bank account. He allegedly committed perjury by omitting sources of income on his Fair Political Practices Forms. The indictment also alleges he submitted a false credit application to a mortgage lender in 2010, and failed to report income to the California Franchise Tax Board. The indictment alleges the association discovered the embezzlement and money laundering in May 2011, and reported it to the Glendale Police Department. The Glendale Police Department and the Franchise Tax Board launched an investigation. Drayman is charged in BA396116 with one count of embezzlement by a public officer, 10 counts of filing a false tax return, five counts of money laundering, three counts of forgery, one count of submitting a false financial statement and eight counts of perjury. The indictment also includes an excessive loss allegation that the loss exceeds $100,000. If convicted, he faces in excess of 10 years in prison. He returns to Department 100 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for a source of bail motion.
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