Friday, September 9, 2005

First Survivor Richard Hatch Indicted on Ten Counts

Richard Hatch, the first Survivor winner, has now been indicted on ten counts of tax fraud and using funds intended for a charity for personal expenses.  Back in January, it was reported that Hatch would plead guilty to one count of tax evasion for not reporting his $1 million prize from Survivor and an additional $326,000+ he received from a Boston radio station during 2000.  That deal fell apart in March when Hatch stated that he thought CBS was responsible for the taxes on his winnings.  As happens when a person reneges on a plea deal, the government fired back with both barrels, so to speak, with an indictment listing a number of additional sources of income Hatch failed to report and the misuse of funds given to a charity he purportedly set up to run a camp (see U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Rhode Island press release here).  A CNN.Com report (here) notes that Hatch was on his way to Houston to help Katrina victims when the indictment was disclosed.  Burned once, don't look for the government to offer any sweet deals this time. (ph)

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