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Ex-sandwich shop owner charged with bankruptcy fraud

Federal authorities in Roanoke Monday arrested former restaurateur Roland “Spanky” Macher on bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion charges.

Macher is known as the founder of a chain of “Spanky’s” restaurants in Central and Southwest Virginia. More recently, he gained infamy for towing cars from his parking lot across from Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art and imposing hefty fees on the vehicles’ owners.

The Roanoke Times reports Macher was released on bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanski.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to discuss the charges and unveil a bankruptcy fraud task force.

By Peter Vieth

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