The attorney for former Councilman John Drayman, who has been charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars, said outside a Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom on Thursday that he intends to prove that someone else stole the money.
Drayman was indicted in May on charges that he embezzled between $304,000 and $880,000 from a weekly farmers market on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, which he helped establish and run.
The charges in the indictment include forgery, filing false tax statements and money laundering, and are alleged to have occurred between January 2004 and April 2011.
Reaction to charges that Drayman embezzled from the popular Montrose Harvest Market ranged from shock to disappointment, with one longtime supporter saying they felt “like a punch in the stomach.”
But after a routine pre-trial hearing in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, Drayman’s attorney, Michael Kraut, said he had evidence that would show someone else was responsible for the financial losses.