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Richard Hatch Jail Time? "Survivor" star Hatch gets 9 months on violation

"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch on "The Celebrity Apprentice." NBC

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"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
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(CBS/AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  Richard Hatch, could be going back to jail. The first "Survivor" winner, was ordered back to prison Friday to serve a nine-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the hit CBS reality show.

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Hatch, who is currently appearing on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," spent more than three years in prison for tax evasion before being released in 2009, and has been serving a three-year term of supervised release. During that period, he was supposed to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed, but he never did.

U.S. District Court Judge William Smith on Friday said Hatch had exhibited no remorse and had made no effort to comply with an order that he straighten out and pay his taxes. He imposed a sentence three months longer than what was recommended by prosecutors: six months - the maximum in the federal sentencing guidelines.

He said the term of supervised release, which is supposed to be a time of rehabilitation, did not appear to be doing any good in Hatch's case. He said a substantial sentence was required to send a message to Hatch and others who flout the court's orders.

"You can continue to proclaim your innocence," Smith said. "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 also ordered Hatch serve 26 months supervised release, during which time 25 percent of Hatch's gross income would be garnished and paid to the Internal Revenue Service. Prosecutor Andrew Reich said Friday that Hatch now owes an estimated $2 million to the IRS on the Survivor winnings and other income, including penalties.

Hatch, who lives in Newport, Rhode Island, was ordered to report for his prison term on Monday.

Hatch has filed an appeal of the decision with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston and has asked that the judge reconsider the order compelling him to surrender to U.S. marshals Monday.

In court documents, Hatch says he is helping his sister with her businesses and has several unidentified projects in negotiations. He says he needs time to put these affairs in order and that he wants instead to surrender to prison officials once they determine the details of his incarceration.


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