Accountant says Richard had her prepare return without his Survivor winnings, which he filed

During Richard Hatch’s trial yesterday, his accountant testified that he asked her to prepare a second tax return that showed what “his 2000 taxes look like if he hadn’t won $1 million on Survivor,” the Providence Journal reports.

Ultimately, Hatch filed that return, even though she Judi Rodrigues Wallis had him sign a statement saying, “This return is not intended to be filed and is simply for your information.” That filing “resulted in him claiming a refund of $4,483 instead of the $234,800 she had determined he owed. And it prompted an audit notice from the IRS,” according to the paper.

On cross-examination, Richard’s attorney “challenged her experience” and noted that she’d “entered into a written agreement with the federal government for [her] protection.” But “[p]rosecutors allege that Hatch did not furnish Wallis with the same income information that he provided to Plotkin,” Hatch’s first accountant.

Accountant ‘stunned’ by Hatch’s IRS filing [Providence Journal]
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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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