Richard Hatch indicted for tax evasion

Richard Hatch, who won $1 million and a $27,000 Pontiac on Survivor in 2000 and is currently appearing in Bravo's Battle of the Network Reality Stars, has been accused of tax evasion, filing a false return, and several counts of fraud.

Reuters is reporting that Hatch failed to mention his Survivor winnings on that year's tax return, reporting only a $41,000 income and claiming that he was owed a refund of nearly $4,500. He is also accused of failing to report almost $400,000 in other income, including $36,500 that was donated to the charity Horizon Bound and that Hatch allegedly used for his own purposes.

Though Hatch accepted a January plea bargain on two counts of tax evasion, he later changed his mind and withdrew the plea. The grand jury investigation that followed his decision led to the array of charges now stacked against him, which could carry a maximum sentence of 73 years in prison and a $1.35 million fine.

The Associated Press reports that Hatch was under the impression that CBS would be responsible for the taxes on his Survivor winnings, but that the network insists this is not the case.

Hatch has encountered legal trouble in the past, including a charge of child abuse that was eventually dropped and an assault conviction that was later overturned.

The 11th season of Survivor, which is set in Guatemala, premieres on CBS Thursday, September 15, at 8:00 P.M.

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73 years in jail, I think that is just ridiculous the man should have payed his taxes but to sending him to jail for 73 years when we have more dangerous people on the streets is just absurd .

IMO people who win money shouldn’t have to pay taxes on it, unless you win a whole lot of money say you win the 150 Powerball. So I guess shows where you win a million dollars you’re only really winning 500,000 since ½ will be taken for taxes.
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no worries, he'll probably sell his story to the tabloids for a hefty sum. may even write an autobiography whilst in prison...

he'll be jolly in no time.
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At least ol' Rich will feel right at home in the communal prison shower.
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i hate when people with money think they don't have to live by the rules the rest of us do. I hate paying taxes...but it's better than jail
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wow- $1.35 mil
he winds up LOSING money after his survivor winnings :P
but, seriously- WTF??? all of america knew that Richard Hatch won $1 million- why wouldn't the IRS?
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He deserves everything that he gets. He should have to pay the consequences and it was his own stupidity that ended him up in this situation.
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I have no respect for the man anyway. I always thought he was a jerk. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.:roll:
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Bummer
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The court ought to sentence him to stay off TV shows. His attorney would probably consider that cruel and unusual punishment.
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What's up with that? He probably will tell the judge that he shouldn't have to pay because he's smarter than everyone else.

He thinks he can get away with anything.
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Will he show up in court naked?
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