by Brian Mahany
Richard Hatch may have won the CBS hit reality TV show “Survivor” but his track record since winning the show has been terrible. First, Hatch was convicted of tax evasion and sent to prison. Now released, he may be headed back to jail yet again.
Hatch was the popular contestant on Survivor that everyone loved to hate. He would frequently pit one of his fellow contestants against another. He manipulated his teammates to insure that he was last contestant and therefore the winner.
Richard Hatch was convicted of filing false returns in 2005 and sentenced to prison. Hatch’s lawyer claimed he was “the world’s worst bookkeeper.” Jurors thought otherwise. His crime? Hatch failed to declare and pay tax on his $1 million winnings from the hit TV show.
Hatch’s woes don’t end there. The judge tacked on additional time after finding that Hatch lied under oath. His final sentence was 51 months.
While serving his sentence he found himself in more trouble – this time for granting interviews to a local TV station and to Access Hollywood. During those interviews he openly criticized the judge and the prosecutor. That behavior got his early release and home confinement revoked and sent him back to jail for additional time.
Hatch was ultimately released in 2009.
Prosecutors say that since being released, Hatch has still failed to fully cooperate with the IRS. His latest misbehavior may earn him 2 more years in prison if prosecutors have their way. Hatch probably wishes his former Survivor tribe could grant him immunity one last time.
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