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Prosecutors Want 'Survivor' Winner Richard Hatch Back In Jail

Federal prosecutors want 'Survivor' winner Richard Hatch back in jail after he allegedly violated the terms of his supervised release.

Hatch was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the first season of the CBS reality show.

A grand jury indictment filed in September 2005 said Hatch filed false tax returns for 2000 and 2001, omitting all of his 'Survivor' income, more than $300,000 he was paid to co-host 'The Wilde Show' on Boston radio, and rent on a property he owns in Newport.

Hatch was released from prison in 2009 and placed on a three-year term of supervised release.

But probation officials say Hatch has violated the terms of his release by failing to file amended tax returns for those years, something he was ordered to do when he was sentenced to prison more than four years ago.

Hatch says he didn't refile because he has an appeal pending with the US Tax Court and that he is following proper procedure by not submitting new returns while an appeal is pending. He owes about $1.7 million in back taxes.

"The defendant's punishment for violating the terms of his supervised release should take into account the fact that the defendant has failed to accept responsibility for his conduct," says assistant US Attorney Andrew Reich. "He has disregarded the order of the court, and that he has continued to make false representations to the court just as he did during his trial."

Reich wants Hatch to serve up to two years, or the remainder of his supervised release.

February 1, 2011 |

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