Market Rasen councillors won’t say what support they gave to disgraced former town councillor David Strachan.
Strachan and four others were convicted of conspiracy to evade paying fuel duty, which cost the taxpayer £5 million.
The Rasen Mail has been told two members sent ‘letters of support’ to the courts to help the former councillor with his defence.
Town Mayor John Matthews says “any letters of support were given before the court verdicts were made, so at the time, the gentleman was innocent.”
Mayor Matthews said he personally did not send any letters, but he declined to say whether or not he knew who did. He joined other members in praising Strachan saying as “a more practical man (who) has supported the town best in that way.”
District and councillor Ken Bridger also declined to reveal any names or anything he might have done.
“Any councillor would give a character reference,” he said.
Coun Bridger says Strachan did much for the town council. “He (Strachan) was always there. He will be missed. It’s a shame really.”
Coun John Hadlow was unaware of any letters of support, saying council rules would have stopped any official letter.
But he added Strachan “certainly has many friends in the town.”
Sentencing is set for July 10.