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It's A Long Way There  |  ABC

In his first candid interview since his conviction for tax fraud, Glenn Wheatley talks about the events that led to his fifteen- month prison sentence. "I almost needed help the moment I walked out of that court. And the thing that was still ringing in my ears, the last sentence from the judge was, Take the prisoner away. Take the prisoner away. I was devastated. I just broke down. Couldn't believe what had just happened in my life. Glenn Wheatley was going to jail." - Glenn Wheatley An undisputed heavyweight of the Australian music industry, entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley was accustomed to life in the spotlight, as a member of the Masters Apprentices, and later as manager of a stellar line up of Australian acts such as John Farnham, Delta Goodrem, Little River Band, Pseudo Echo and Australian Crawl. However, the media glare turned hostile in 2005 amidst a very public and unexpected fall from grace. While Glenn Wheatley was on tour with John Farnham, a SWAT team was raiding the family home. Investigators had uncovered a link to a major tax evasion racket involving some dubious offshore transactions. Wheatley says he soon became the poster boy for the ATO's Operation Wickenby, but his network of high profile supporters remained steadfast. A lot of people tell me every day that I'm not Robinson Crusoe there's plenty of it going on. But that doesn't make me feel any better about what I did, Wheatley said. With candid admissions from Glenn, wife Gaynor, legal representatives and music industry alumni, this edition explores the rise, fall and return of an entertainment legend. Producer: Helen Grasswill Executive Producer: Deborah Fleming

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