March 13, 2005
Richard Hatch Says It's Not His Fault the Taxes Weren't Paid
Richard Hatch, the winner of the $1 million reward at the end of the first season of "Survivor" has now withdrawn from a plea agreement for failing to pay taxes on the winnings and an additional $321,000 he allegedly received from a Boston radio station (earlier post here). Hatch now asserts that he is "absolutely not guilty" because he thought CBS was responsible for withholding the taxes on his winnings and that he did not have to pay. Of course, if earlier reports are correct, Hatch never declared the winnings on his income, nor reported the amount he thought CBS withheld (those pesky W-2s we're all struggling with this time of year), which makes his claim about the lack of withholding a bit less plausible. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Providence has dismissed the criminal complaint filed as part of the plea agreement, and the grand jury is likely to return an indictment to get the case moving toward a trial. Maybe the indictment will be unsealed on April 15. An AP story here describes Hatch's statements made on a AP Radio program.
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