Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Ex-Glendale Mayor Who Stole From Farmers Market Gets Prison Time

Support your source for local news!
Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you.

A former Glendale mayor was sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling over $300,000 from a local farmers market.John Drayman, 55, was convicted in March of stealing funds over nearly eight years from the Montrose farmers market while he was the director of Montrose Shopping Park Association, according to CBS Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty for embezzlement, filing a fake tax return and perjury.

In addition to his prison sentence, he'll have to pay back the $304,854 to the association and $14,016 to the state’s Franchise Tax Board, reported City News Service. When he finishes his year in jail, he'll also be on probation for five years.

Drayman committed his crimes from January 2004 and April 2011 and was finally indicted in April 2012. He was the mayor of Glendale from April 2008 to April 2009, according to the Glendale California website.

"Our merchants in Montrose hopefully are going to get the money back, and then it could be spent the right way,” Montrose Shopping Park Association president Andre Ordubegian told CBS Los Angeles.

Most Read