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Richard Hatch, "Survivor" winner, turns himself in to begin 9-month term

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

(CBS/AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Reality TV star Richard Hatch has presented himself to U.S. marshals to begin a nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the CBS show "Survivor."

Hatch arrived at U.S. District Court in Providence just after noon on Monday, clad in a blue sweat suit.

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

Hatch maintains his innocence and says he hopes to be released soon. He has appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

The reality TV star spent more than three years in prison for tax evasion, and has been serving a term of supervised release. During that period, he was supposed to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed, but he never did.

Hatch is currently appearing on NBC's reality series "The Celebrity Apprentice."

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