Richard Hatch indicted for “tax evasion and fraudulently using charitable donations for personal expenses”

Reality television’s first million dollar winner “has been indicted on charges of tax evasion and fraudulently using charitable donations for personal expenses,” according to the Providence Journal.

A federal grand jury decided that Richard “Hatch failed to report about $1,037,000 from Survivor in 2000 and 2001, including a Pontiac Aztec valued at $27,074 and given to him as part of his Survivor prize.” In addition, he didn’t report “$36,500 in charitable donations to Horizon Bound” after he “set up Horizon Bound as a charity and accepted those donations but used the money for his personal expenses,” the Journal reports.

If he’s “convicted on all charges, Hatch, 44, could face a maximum of 73 years in prison and $3.1 million in fines,” the paper reports. In March, he decided not to accept a deal; he also said that he thought CBS was paying the taxes on his prize.

The Smoking Gun has the 18-page grand jury indictment.

Survivor Hatch indicted on federal fraud charges [The Providence Journal]
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