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UPDATE: Spanky Macher sentenced to 30 months in prison

August 04, 2011|Justin McLeod/David Seidel

ROANOKE, Va. — Roanoke businessman Roland "Spanky" Macher was sentenced to 30 months in prison this morning but will get credit for time served.  His attorney believes Macher will end up serving about two years in a federal prison.  When Macher gets out of prison, he will be on supervised release for 18 months but will not have to pay a fine.  

He pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and food stamp fraud charges.  The Judge called Macher's behavior "outrageous."

The U.S. Attorney's office told News 7 it was satisified with the sentence.  Federal prosecutor Pat Hogeboom told News 7 "no one likes paying taxes but it's something we need to pay."

Macher and his attorney told News 7 they were disappointed with the sentence. 

When asked for his reaction to the sentence, Macher told News 7's Justin McLeod "just disappointed."  When asked if he is ready to go to prison?  Macher told News 7's Justin McLeod "is anybody ready?"

Macher realizes a lot of people in Roanoke don't like him.  Macher told News 7 "there's gotta be a reason they don't like me.  Maybe I don't like them either."

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He has to report to authorities by August 15.

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Roanoke businessman Roland "Spanky" Macher will be sentenced Thursday morning on federal fraud and tax evasion convictions.   Macher's sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. in federal court in Roanoke.

Arriving at the courthouse Thursday morning, Macher told News7's Justin McLeod that he did not expect to be sent to prison.  Macher did admit  he "did wrong." In March, Macher pleaded guilty federal tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and food stamp fraud charges.

Check back here and watch News-7 at Noon for more on the case.

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