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FBI investigates growing housing scandal

June 10, 2011 |  9:36 am

Money that was supposed to be spent building an affordable housing project in Los Angeles instead went to pay for the renovation of a Glendale city councilman's condominium, says a subcontractor who worked on both jobs.

Ronald Chamberlain, owner of D & A Coating & Restoration of Fullerton, told The Times the FBI took records involving his work at the home of John Drayman, who lost his reelection bid for the Glendale City Council in April.

Chamberlain said agents also questioned him about Drayman.

The allegation is the latest in the growing scandal involving Advanced Development & Investment, an affordable-housing developer accused by its own court-appointed overseer of defrauding Los Angeles, Glendale and other government agencies of at least $134 million as it built dozens of subsidized apartment buildings for low-income families.

Construction and maintenance problems have since been identified at many of those projects.

Read more about the development company and the housing scandal.


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Photo: A contractor told the FBI he was paid for renovations on a Glendale city councilman's condo partly from funds devoted to Manitou Vistas II, shown above, an L.A. affordable-housing development. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times