TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A former state representative was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for not reporting $36,000 on his 1993 income tax return, money that he received from a paving company in his district.

Former state Rep. Randy Mackey, 48, was convicted of tax fraud in June but acquitted of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the government. The Democrat resigned Sept. 1.

Mackey's sentence is the maximum allowed under sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle also fined Mackey $10,000. Hinkle gave Mackey eight weeks to surrender.

Hinkle noted the source of the money, which Mackey said he received for consulting, when issuing the sentence.

``These are not payments that could easily bear the light of day,'' Hinkle said. He said they were not illegal, but ``should never have been made.''