Richard Hatch to Turn Himself In Monday for 9-Month Prison Sentence
Richard Hatch, who is currently appearing on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, has been 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 CBS’ Survivor.
Hatch, who served more than three years in prison for tax evasion before being released in 2009, has been serving a three-year term of supervised release.
He was supposed to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed, but he never did.
U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said Hatch has shown no remorse and imposed a sentence three months longer than the six months recommended by prosecutors.
He also has 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.
During the sentencing Smith told Hatch (who has claimed he is innocent), "You can continue to proclaim your innocence. 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."
Hatch now owes an estimated $2 million to the IRS on the Survivor winnings and other income, including penalties.
He is to report for his prison term Monday.