Richard Hatch charged with tax evasion for not reporting his Survivor winnings.

Richard Hatch charged with tax evasion for not reporting his Survivor winnings.
Original Survivor winner Richard Hatch is, officially, a moron. After winning $1 million on the show, he apparently didn’t report that money to the IRS. He’s been charged “with filing a false 2000 tax return that omitted his seven-figure ‘Survivor’ winnings” and “with filing a false return for 2001 (he allegedly did not report $321,000 paid to him by a Boston radio station),” according to The Smoking Gun, which has the United States Attorney’s documents charging him with the offenses. In part, they say that Richard “did knowingly and willfully attempt to evade and defeat a substantial part of the income tax due and owing to the United States, in that he singed, filed and caused to be filed a false and fraudulent 2001 U.S. Income Tax Return…” The documents also reveal that Richard also got $10,000 for appearing on the Survivor finale. He’ll be arraigned Jan. 24; according to TSG, “[i]f convicted of the felony charges, Hatch could face a maximum of five years in prison for each count and could be hit with a $250,000 fine.”
+ update: AP: Richard will plead guilty and “the U.S. Attorney’s office said it would recommend a lesser sentence.”

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