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Ex-Glendale councilman John Drayman released from jail

May 10, 2012 |  8:41 am

John Drayman released from jail

Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman, indicted on embezzlement charges, has been released from jail after his supporters agreed to pay a $16,000 bond.

Drayman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a 28-count grand jury indictment that allege he used his position with the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. and the Harvest Market to embezzle between $304,000 and $880,000 over roughly seven years. He was released Wednesday afternoon.

His attorney, Michael Kraut, called the grand jury process unfair and pledged to reveal the true story of the missing funds during the trial, the Glendale News-Press reported.

"Grand jury doesn't get to the truth of the matter," he said. "Cross examination is the true seeker of justice."

Kraut contended that others, whom he declined to identify, were responsible for the embezzlement.

"[Drayman] has been waiting for his time to finally say what happened in this case," Kraut said.

The decision by Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg on Tuesday to allow Glendale residents Sharon and Robert Thompson and Sharon and Bill Weisman to front the cash for Drayman's bond came after an extensive bail hearing that lasted much of the day.

Drayman — who was remanded into custody Tuesday after being indicted on embezzlement, money laundering, forgery and other charges — appeared in court handcuffed and in a blue Los Angeles County jail jumpsuit.

Schnegg declined to release Drayman on Tuesday without first verifying that the bail money was from legitimate sources.

"All the money I have was given out of my funds," Robert Thompson said in court after being asked about origin of his financial contribution.

The Weismans kicked in a $10,000 check, while the Thompsons contributed $6,000 for the bond. The Weismans also put up a home they own as collateral for Drayman's release. His bail was set at $200,000.

Drayman is due back in Los Angeles County Superior Court on June 28 for a pretrial hearing.


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Photo: Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman appears at a bail hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News