A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday granted the release of former City Councilman John Drayman from jail after his supporters agreed to pay a $16,000 bond.
All that remained Wednesday afternoon was for a bondsman to provide the $200,000 bail to the court, and hammer out details to secure Drayman’s release.
Prosecutors allege Drayman used his position with the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. and the Harvest Market on Sunday to embezzle between $304,000 and $880,000 over the course of roughly seven years. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges contained in the 28-count indictment.
Outside the courtroom on Wednesday, his attorney, Michael Kraut, called the grand jury process unfair and pledged to reveal the true story of the missing funds during the trial.
“Grand jury doesn't get to the truth of the matter,” he said. “Cross examination is the true seeker of justice.”
He claimed that others, who he declined to identify, were responsible for the embezzlement.