Richard Hatch, the reality television star who won $1 million on the debut season of CBS reality show 'Survivor', could be returning to prison after a judge determined that he violated the terms of his release by failing to re-file his tax returns, reports the Associated Press. The 49-year-old was first convicted in 2006 after failing to pay tax on his winnings from the reality adventure show, and US District Judge WILLIAM SMITH warned on Monday (9th January 2011) that he could be returning to jail.
Fans of 'Survivor' still debate whether Hatch could be considered the greatest ever winner of the show and he is often compared to other successful contestants such as Parvati Shallow, Amanda Kimmel and Rob Mariano. However, the Internal Revenue Service now say that the television star owes them $1.7 million in taxes, including penalties, and authorities have accused him of failing to amend his tax returns despite it being a condition of his supervised release from prison. Speaking outside court on Monday (9th January 2011) Hatch said that the US government were trying to 'paint him in a light that's not true'.
As well as his Survivor winnings, Hatch was also found guilty of evading tax on a payment of $327,000 he earned as co-host of a Boston radio show and on $28,000 in rent on property he owned, however, was acquitted of seven bank, mail and wire fraud charges.