Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Survivor Winner Richard Hatch Charged With Tax Evasion

An AP story (Jan. 18) discusses the criminal information filed in Rhode Island charging Richard Hatch, the winner of $1 million on the first "Survivor" series, with tax evasion for failing to report that money and an additional $321,000 he received from Boston radio station WQSX for work as a co-host on a program (criminal information here from The Smoking Gun). Hatch is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, Jan. 24, and likely will plead guilty at that time.  While tax evasion certainly occurs even among lawyers and accountants who should know better, it is more than a bit audacious to win $1 million on a popular television program and then somehow think the prize won't be noticed by the IRS. (ph)


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