Richard Hatch being held in jail until April 28 sentencing

For 13 weeks and two days, Survivor winner Richard Hatch will be in jail.

After being convicted yesterday “of two counts of tax evasion and one count of filing a false tax return,” the judge ordered him held because he “has the wealth and incentive to flee the country with the Argentinean hotelier he married in a Canadian same-sex ceremony” and because prosecutors allege that “one of Hatch’s passports is missing, he has experience traveling abroad, and his ownership of property in Canada only recently came to light,” according to the Providence Journal.

The judge said that “Hatch’s likely sentence will be in the range of 33 to 41 months in prison,” according to the paper, even though “[t]he maximum penalty he faces is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.” But the judge’s estimate could increase if prosecutors can prove rich “‘blatantly perjured’ himself during his eight-day trial.”

Rich’s lawyers plan to appeal.

Fame offers no immunity to Survivor guilty of tax evasion and [Providence Journal]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.