National Fire Systems & Services — whose remodel of former Councilman John Drayman's condominium continues to drag out in court over claims of nonpayment — is claiming that the firm actually in charge of the project was the affordable housing developer accused of bilking Glendale and other cities out of tens of millions of dollars.
If true, the claim — listed for the first time in recent Los Angeles County Superior Court records — would bolster the case that Drayman knew National Fire was working for the developer, Advanced Development and Investment Inc., at the same time he was sitting on the City Council and thus able to influence the firm's agreements with the city.
Drayman, reached by phone Friday, denied that ADI worked as his general contractor.
“This is a diversion, all at the last second,” he said.
ADI, which had several projects in South Glendale supported by Drayman, allegedly cheated Glendale out of millions of dollars via false and inflated construction bills.