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Contractor: FBI investigating Drayman remodel

ADI manager allegedly called former councilman 'a very special friend of company.'

June 09, 2011|By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com
  • Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman. (File photo)
Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman. (File…

Subcontractors for an affordable housing developer embroiled in a federal fraud investigation said this week that they were questioned by FBI agents about a remodeling job performed on former Councilman John Drayman’s condominium.

Ron Chamberlain — whose Orange County-based company D & A Coating & Restoration worked exclusively for the developer, Advanced Development & Investment Inc. — said he turned over records to the FBI about what he termed as off-the-books work at Drayman’s home.

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency could not confirm or deny the investigation, but another subcontractor, who declined to be named, citing instructions from authorities, also confirmed that he met with federal agents to discuss the remodel and turn over related documents.

And in a letter responding to a citizen complaint, David Demerjian, head of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s public integrity division, said “because another law enforcement agency is currently reviewing that matter, this office will be taking no action.”

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Drayman, who lost his City Council re-election bid in April under a cloud of controversy surrounding the renovations, has maintained he was unaware that the subcontractors worked for ADI.

Chamberlain said his company performed $8,000 worth of work at Drayman’s Montrose condo at the direction of an ADI manager, half of which was paid from an account for a 21-unit apartment complex in Los Angeles built by ADI in 2009.

“I was told not to submit any paperwork — no invoices, no emails with that address on them — that they would take care of it later,” Chamberlain said.

In December, Chamberlain said FBI agents questioned him about the remodel project, which he estimated having a total value of $200,000, and asked him to identify Drayman in a photo.

Glendale officials have also demanded an inspection of Drayman’s condominium to determine whether he underreported tens of thousands of dollars worth of renovations in permits filed with the city after the work was done.

The allegations are the latest in the scandal surrounding ADI, accused by its own court-appointed receiver of defrauding Glendale, Los Angeles and other government agencies of at least $134 million.

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