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'Survivor's Richard Hatch Ordered Back To Prison

'Survivor's Richard Hatch, who is currently appearing on 'The Celebrity Apprentice', has been ordered back to prison.

Hatch has been ordered to serve a nine-month sentence for still failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the CBS reality show.

"As far as I can tell, you've made no effort to put any money into the government's coffers," said U.S. District Court Judge William Smith.

Hatch was supposed to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed, but failed to do so. He previously served more than three years in prison for tax evasion before being released in 2009.

"You can continue to proclaim your innocence," added Smith. "You don't have the option of engaging in this type of game or negotiation with the court. It needs to be a severe punishment. That's the only thing that will deter you in the future."

He has also been ordered to serve 26 months' supervised release, during which 25 percent of his gross income will be garnished and paid to the IRS.

Hatch, who owes an estimated $2 million to the government, including penalties, has asked a federal court to hear an appeal.

He claims he has several unidentified projects in negotiations and needs time to put those affairs in order.

March 14, 2011 |

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