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Richard Hatch will return to prison on tax evasion charges

Boston news reports confirm that reality TV star Richard Hatch is going behind bars once again in relation to his tax evasion charges from 2005. Recently, Hatch appeared on the hit TV show Celebrity Apprentice. However, he is best known for winning the show Survivor in the year 2000. 49-year-old Hatch received orders to return to prison for nine months for continually neglecting to pay taxes on the prize money of $1 million he won on Survivor. He is scheduled to begin his sentence on Monday.

Reports indicate that Hatch has already served three years behind bars thanks to the original 2005 tax evasion charge. On January 19 of that year, the U.S. Attorney's office located in Providence, Rhode Island, issued reports that Hatch had neglected to report winnings received from Survivor on his income tax returns. Reports also indicate that Hatch allegedly neglected to report an additional $321,000 he received for radio appearances on Boston WQSX-FM.

Since 2009 Hatch has been serving a three-year supervised release. However, authorities indicate that Hatch has yet neglected to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes, as court ordered, and subsequently pay what he owes the government. As a result, District Court Judge William Smith told the courts that Hatch has displayed no remorse for his actions and has not made the necessary efforts to repay his taxes.

Judge Smith imposed a much harsher sentence than was recommended by the prosecution, indicating that he desired to send a very clear message. The judge told Hatch, "You don't have the option of engaging in this type of game or negotiation with the court." He also said that the punishment needed to be "severe" so that Hatch would not consider continuing his tax evasion in the future.

Following his release from this nine-month sentence, Hatch will be required to serve an additional 26 months of supervised release. In addition, Hatch will be forced to surrender a full 25 percent of his income to the Internal Revenue Service during the aforementioned 26 months. Reports indicate that he now owes an overwhelming $2 million to the IRS.

Source: Edge Boston, Gay "Survivor" Richard Hatch goes back to prison, Peter Cassels, 15 Mar, 2011

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