Richard Hatch found guilty; facing jail-time

Survivor winner Richard Hatch was found guilty of violating his probation after failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize for winning the first season of the hit reality show. According to Barry Weiner, chief U.S. probation officer in Rhode Island, re-filing his 2000 and 2001 tax returns was a condition of his probation, but Hatch failed to do so, claiming he was not required while he was still appealing that issue in tax court. The I.R.S. now claims that Hatch owes $1.7 million on the original million that he won from the reality show. A judge has instructed both sides to submit sentencing suggestions within three weeks, and Hatch could face up to two years in jail for the conviction. A call to Hatch’s attorney was not immediately answered.

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  • Jobless

    What a moron. He seriously must be some kind of sociopath to think he can get away with this stuff.

  • who cares

    he owes $1.7 million taxes on his $1 million prize…only in america!

    • Michael Sacal

      Must be with penalties and such.

      • hf

        He won the money over ten years ago, and has yet to pay taxes on it. So yeah, penalties can add up. What’s even dumber is that he was offered a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but he decided to take his chances in court.

  • jon

    get it together man.

  • Ryan

    I’m not sure what an appropriate punishment is, but while I don’t care about Survivor, Richard Hatch, or Wesley Snipes, I don’t like the idea of taxpayers, myself included, paying for their stay! How does that help matters? Its also a waste of prison space for more serious offenders, but I think the bigger issue is regular people paying their prison stay.

  • Dicazi

    You can’t win a fight with the IRS, especially when you’re stupid and in the wrong to begin with.

  • Doubt it

    I don’t blame him,
    1) the guy spent jail time for not pay “TAXES”…He did his time, and still was on probation? This was not a voilent crime to require probation, which means if he j-walks, thats a volation of probation back to jail…

    2)Why would he now pay taxes, if he is currently filing an appeal for the orginal convition? Since when do we have to go to jail for a crime, which is paying for the crime, and then, need to also literally pay for the crime? If I don’t pay a parking ticket, I get jail time, but with the time served, you don’t then come out of jail and then pay for the ticket. The jail time takes care of that…

    3) How do you owe the government more in taxes than the original amount gained? That should tell you right there, there is something wrong with the system…

    • hf

      You must not have paid much attention to the article. You could have saved yourself a lot of typing if you had just read the whole thing.
      Paying the taxes was a condition of his probation. In other words, he agreed to do this in writing so he could get out of jail. Not doing so was a clear violation of his probation.
      If you don’t pay your taxes, then the IRS will continue to fine you for not doing so. It has been over ten years since he won the money, and he has yet to pay taxes. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that those fines and penalties add up.
      You either need to read articles more carefully before you make a fool of yourself, or take a reading comprehension class.

  • Kana

    The IRS does not pay. Just ask Wesley Snipes.

    • Norene

      I work and have a home based type business (party plan) and do pettry well with it, as well as my regular “day job” which I have had to cut back on hours because the home business is doing so well.I file together, using a schedule SE for my home business to take the deductions out such as mileage (a HUGE deductions) airfare and hotel for training events, and usually after the mileage is calculated I wind up owing nothing on my home based business. I also deduct postage and advertising expenses, and office supplies, demo products, and any losses such as damaged or broken items I write them off.I do travel quite a distance to do my parties, several times a week.You cannot deduct clothing or dining expenses, or “fluff” your deductions, it will set off a big red flag, so be very careful that you only deduct what you actually can legally. Was this answer helpful?

  • Trent

    The US Tax system is the most corrupt and out of control system in the world. The Tax payer ( the 40% that actually pay income taxes in this country) are being screwed. We pay 30% income tax, 6% Kansas State Tax, 6.4% SSI tax, Medicaid tax, and then whats left to spend, we have to pay 9% sales tax at the store when we buy something, then if we own a home, the average property tax is over $2000, and if we own a car, average property tax is $400, and have you looked at your utility or phone bills? TAX TAX TAX… this country is out of control. This is country needs a good tax revolt. We left England to get away from it, and now we are right back where we were

  • Bob Obowey

    A recent case involving tax evasion, let one Eric Lynch pay all owed tax in an annual installment plan. All his assets were put on tax levy, including his own wheel chair.
    Bye for now.

  • Tara

    Why are the government prosecutors demanding for Ratchard Hatch to spend so much time in jail? This is just crazy. We have Wall Street crooks who rob working class people of a lifetime of savings and they get a slap on the wrist. Richard Hatch has spent way too much time in jail. Hey Mr. and Mrs. Prosecutor – stop picking on this easy target and go after the real crooks and drug dealers who are destroying America.

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