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

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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.