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Richard Hatch found guilty on three of 10 charges; was taken into custody; could serve 2 to 4 years

A jury today “found Hatch guilty of the two counts of tax evasion he faced, as well as guilty of filing a false tax return,” according to the Providence Journal. The jury deliberated for a total of six hours.

It’s not yet clear exactly which two charges he was convicted of, but the Journal notes that “Hatch now faces the reality of a potential prison term and thousands of dollars in fines on his convictions, but a lesser sentence and fine than if he had been convicted of all charges.” The final indictment [PDF] describes all of the charges.

Rich will face sentencing April 28.

Update: According to the AP, Rich was taken into custody after the verdict was read, as “U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres said he was a potential flight risk.” In addition, the AP says the charges he was convicted on “carry a maximum of 13 years in prison,” but the judge “said he expected a sentence of between 33 months and 41 months, but it could be longer because prosecutors accuse Hatch of committing perjury during his testimony.”

Hatch found guilty on tax-evasion counts [Providence Journal]
Hatch guilty of failing to pay taxes on ‘Survivor’ winnings [AP]

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