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‘Spanky’ gets two-and-a-half years behind bars

Former restaurateur and eccentric Roanoke businessman Roland “Spanky” Macher got a stern lecture as a federal judge imposed a 30-month sentence for fraud.

Macher was charged with failing to pay taxes, making false statements in bankruptcy court and illegally obtaining food stamps, according to The Roanoke Times.

“Your behavior was just outrageous – totally beyond the pale – and not something that can be tolerated,” U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad told Macher, but added that the sentence would give him an opportunity to make a fresh start.

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