Richard Hatch, the first winner of CBS’s reality TV hit "Survivor," has been found guilty of violating terms of his probation on tax evasion charges by not filing amended tax returns or making payments to the Internal Revenue Service, reports the Providence Journal.
The prosecutor declared that Hatch, who did time in jail after being convicted of tax evasion, had thumbed his nose in the face of those who granted him probation. However, Mary McElroy, Hatch’s public defender, countered that Hatch is appealing what the IRS says he owes to federal Tax Court and it would have been inappropriate for him to begin making payments.
U.S. District Court Judge William Smith ruled against Hatch and asked lawyers to submit briefs regarding how to punish Hatch. The sentencing could involve incarceration or extending his probation.