Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Surivor Winner Hatch Receives 51-Month Sentence

Richard Hatch, the first Survivor contest winner, was sentenced to a 51-month term of imprisonment after being convicted in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island of tax evasion.  Hatch did not declare his $1 million prize for winning on Survivor, nor did he pay taxes on over $300,000 in income received from a Boston radio station and other money that was supposed to go to a charitable foundation.  While U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres indicated that the sentencing range for the offense was around three years, the judge increased the sentence to over four years based on his finding that Hatch committed perjury during his testimony during trial.  Hatch has been in jail since his conviction in January, so that time will be applied to the sentence, and with credit for good time while in prison he will likely serve about another forty months.  An AP story (here) discusses the sentencing. (ph)

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