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Former Glendale Mayor Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Former Glendale Mayor John Drayman pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count each of embezzlement, filing a false tax return and perjury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.


Former Glendale Mayor John Drayman pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Credit:

Drayman, 55, admitted to embezzling $304,853 from a weekly farmers’ market between Jan. 1, 2004 and April 30, 2011 while he served as director of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, according to the release.

The association discovered the embezzlement in May 2011 and the Glendale Police Department and the Franchise Tax Board launched an investigation, the news release stated.

Drayman will be sentenced to one year in county jail with five years probation and will be ordered to repay the stolen money along with $14,016 to the California Franchise Tax Board, according to Deputy District Attorneys Susan Schwartz and Dana Aratani with the Public Integrity Division.

Drayman returns to court on April 7 for sentencing.