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.
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