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Grand jury accuses former Glendale mayor John Drayman of embezzling from farmers market

Glendale Mayor John Drayman speaks in support a candidate in a video from 2009.
Glendale Mayor John Drayman speaks in support a candidate in a video from 2009.

A former member of the Glendale City Council has been indicted by a criminal grand jury on charges of embezzling more than $300,000 from a Montrose farmers market.

In the grand jury indictment unsealed today, John Drayman, 54, is accused of 28 felony counts stemming from alleged transactions made while he was director of the Montrose Shopping Park Association’s Harvest Market. He was taken into custody but is expected to post $200,000 bail on Wednesday.

According to the Glendale News-Press, the former councilman is accused of taking between $304,000 and $880,000 from the weekly farmers market and falsifying tax records to hide the embezzlement.

Drayman, who served on the council from 2007 to 2011, was also director of the farmers market from early 2004 to April 2011, which is when the alleged crimes are said to have occurred. The indictment states that farmers market staffers noticed the missing funds in May 2011 and reported it to Glendale police.

Drayman has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to the News-Press, the Montrose Shopping Park Association’s revenues lagged steadily under Drayman’s leadership -- but then rose sharply after he left in mid-2011.

According to wire reports, the complaint alleges that “Subsequent investigation disclosed that he had embezzled funds and laundered the embezzled funds through his bank accounts and had misstated sources of income on documents he signed under penalty of perjury.”