For all the sophisticated computer forensic evidence and what was described as a 3-foot-high stack of bank records, Glendale police detectives said that during their yearlong embezzlement investigation into John Drayman, it was discrepancies in the reporting of pony ride proceeds at the Montrose Harvest Market that solidified their suspicions.
The revelations, contained in hundreds of pages of grand jury testimony unsealed on Friday, provided a glimpse into how the police investigation unfolded over time as detectives started looking into the former Glendale councilman’s finances.
Earlier this month, Drayman was indicted on 28 counts, including embezzlement, forgery and money laundering.
During the grand jury testimony that led to the indictment, Glendale Police Det. Esperanza Fernandez said Jerry Uebel, who was in charge of pony rides at the market, reported far more revenue from the pony rides than what Drayman did as the middle man for the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., which organized the event.