The most famous player of CBS’s "Survivor" is back in trouble with the law and will be returning to prison, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s Richard Hatch, whose trouble still stems from failing to pay taxes when he won a million dollars as the winner of the first season of "Survivor."
According to the article, "U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said Hatch has shown no remorse and imposed a sentence three months longer than the six months recommended by prosecutors." Hatch is supposed to start serving the additional prison time starting today, March 14, 2011.
Hatch has been appearing on the current version of "Celebrity Apprentice." Looks like the judge fired him before Donald Trump did.
The story adds, "During the sentencing Smith told Hatch (who has claimed he is innocent), ‘You can continue to proclaim your innocence. You don’t have the option of engaging in this type of game or negotiation with the court. It needs to be a severe punishment. That’s the only thing that will deter you in the future.’ Hatch now owes an estimated $2 million to the IRS on the ‘Survivor’ winnings and other income, including penalties."
Hatch has previously spent more than three years in prison for tax evasion. This time, when he gets out of prison, the government will garnish 25% of his wages to make sure it gets paid, the article notes.