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Lien filed on former Glendale official's condo

A subcontractor for ADI, a company under federal investigation for alleged fraud, takes the action against ex-Councilman John Drayman over unpaid bills for remodeling work, records show.

May 22, 2011|By Melanie Hicken, Los Angeles Times

A subcontractor for Advanced Development & Investment Inc. — an affordable-housing developer under federal investigation for alleged fraud — has filed a nearly $100,000 lien against former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman's condo for unpaid remodeling work, according to paperwork filed with the county.

Glendale-based National Fire Systems & Services filed the lien April 25 with the Los Angeles County recorder, saying Drayman failed to pay a $98,222.48 bill for the renovations made after a water pipe burst in the residence.

National Fire served as the general contractor for the renovations and hired at least six other ADI subcontractors for the work completed last year. In the lien, National Fire Vice President Steve Arezoomanian says the unpaid sum was due Jan. 17.

Neither he nor Drayman could be reached for comment.

Drayman lost his reelection bid last month amid controversy surrounding ADI's connection to his condo's remodel.

The company is under federal investigation over allegations that it submitted fraudulent bills to cities and transferred tens of millions of dollars to personal accounts. In Glendale, the potential fraud is estimated at millions of dollars.

Officials at National Fire have said the job referral came through ADI, and faxes show that an ADI employee was involved in overseeing details of the work.

Federal authorities have subpoenaed records for the remodel as part of the investigation, according to a subcontractor who declined to be named.

Drayman has maintained that he had no idea at the time that anyone working on the remodel was connected to ADI, and that he was referred to National Fire by ADI manager Khachik Zargarian, whom he identified as a longtime friend.

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