After the hearing, Whitehead said he was pleased with the sentence, adding, "Frankly her ability to pay restitution relies on her getting back to doing something."
Metzner was released from federal custody Monday to await assignment to a federal women's prison.
In addition to the prison time, Metzner will have three years of supervised release after she serves her sentence. During that probation period, she will be forbidden from owning or operating a business or performing bookkeeping work.
Pratt said Metzner had a history of preparing taxes so she knew exactly what she was doing when she decided not to pay the IRS what was due.
"The defendant appears to be very untrustworthy," Pratt said. "We can't have people stealing money from Social Security."
Outside of the tax evasion case, Metzner is facing 17 felony charges from the Indiana Attorney General's Office. She and eight others are charged for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicaid.
In federal court Monday, Whitehead asked for a stay on Metzner's sentence so that he and his client could start work on her defense before Metzner was taken to prison.
Pratt allowed the stay although she said she was prepared to have Metzner taken away Monday. She said Metzner would probably have four to six weeks before she had to report to a federal prison. Once the Bureau of Prisons contacts her, it will be up to Metzner to turn herself in.
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