Richard Hatch to return to prison for nine months

Survivor winner and current Celebrity Apprentice star Richard Hatch has been sent back to prison to serve nine more months for neglecting to file taxes on his $1 million Survivor prize, the Associated Press reports. Though he was released after serving three years in 2009 — and had since been under supervised release — he has since failed to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes, and now owes an estimated $2 million to the IRS. Because, according to U.S. District Court Judge William Smith, Hatch had shown no remorse and failed to follow orders, the reality star was sentenced to serve nine months. (He extended the prosecution’s recommended six-months sentence.) “You can continue to proclaim your innocence,” Smith said in court. “You don’t have the option of engaging in this type of game or negotiation with the court. It needs to be severe punishment. That’s the only thing that will deter you in the future.” After he is released, Hatch will need to serve 26 months supervised release as well. Hatch, who has not returned EW’s request for comment, will report for his sentence Monday. When asked whether or not this will affect Celebrity Apprentice‘s live finale, NBC only responded to EW, “We’re still set to air our live finale on May 22.”

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  • JPX

    God, he’s such a narcissistic loser.

    • Destiny

      I love him and PolygamyMatch was amazing

  • AG

    Somewhere David Cassidy is doing the happy dance.

    • LOL

      I’m doing it now.

      • Henry

        It’s sad. I like Richard. I want to see him get his act together, if only so he’ll do more great reality TV.

      • James

        He’s an amazing man and father and doctordatingsites was brilliant

  • mel

    Why pay taxes when you can go back to having unlimited “boyfriends”!

    • Chris

      That’s the equivalent of saying a woman would avoid paying taxes if she had the option of going to a male prison because she would have unlimited boyfriends. Just because he’s gay does not mean he wants to be raped by men in prison.

      • Craig

        It was a joke, Chris. Relax.

      • coco

        you know rape really has nothing to do with sexual attraction. it is all about control and humiliation. the men in prison rape to assert control and most are not gay at all. it is a form of torture

      • 4forU

        Coco? GLEN Coco?! 4 for you, Glen Coco! You go Glen Coco!

      • Meanie

        and none for gretchen weiners.

  • Jaynelleb

    How can you owe $2M on $1M. Something is seriously wrong with the tax laws if you can owe more in taxes than what you earned.

    • Minutiae

      You don’t pay taxes, you get penalized. I pay my taxes on time, so I don’t have to worry about it.

      • BP

        don’t forget 10 years of interest too…

  • sam

    Hatch may think that he is really smart, but he isn’t. The IRS knew that he won that money–it was on TV! How did he ever think that he would be able to avoid them? At least David Cassidy can go home at night. Who is the smart one?

  • TC

    Throw him in jail, and take away the money he won.

  • Sue

    Good, I wish he was ordered back BEFORE the APPRENTICE…HATE HIM-he is a bully, narciscistic and I bet David Cassidy is happy too…What goes around comes around…HA HA HATCH

    • Kenny

      I have no respect for David Cassidy. Hatch was rude to him, but Cassidy acted like he’d been “assaulted.” Please, dude. Hatch basically brushed past you. It’s not a criminal case.

      • Henry

        you were probably the bully in school that got away with it too

      • BigBOO

        No, I agree. Hatch is an ahole but Cassidy is a baby with “little people” issues. What a whinner. He not only needs to “grow up”, but grow a pair too.

      • Robin

        I believe in “GIVING THE DEVIL HIS DO” HOWEVER, I remember Richard Hatch on a kind of “Survivor All Stars” game and I recall Richard purposely touching Susan (the Truck Driver) with his penis. He refused to wear clothes. They were doing a challenge and Richard and Susan had to walk past eachother and he upset her to the point where she left the game. She had said something aboiut suing, but I guess that wasn’t possible.
        Richard just needs to show RESPECT for others…PERIOD! He shows no RESPECT for the IRS!! WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY OUR TAXES on $$ WE WORKED FOR and HE DOES NOT PAY ON A PRIZE?? NOT FAIR. The cost was so high because of PENALTIES!!

    • Nicole

      Sue Hawk is that you? Just kidding. Love him or hate him, he is reality TV gold.

  • Henry

    Absolutely—David Cassidy is doing the HAPPY DANCE…….ME TOO

  • Butterscotch

    What I find interesting is that the Donald accepted him to be on the show. I’m sure when they vetted him they knew the possibility existed that his tax problems weren’t over. If he served time, but didn’t pay restitution, why reward the arrogant a–hole with a primetime TV gig?

    • Henry

      Because I want to see him, Butterscotch, and so do other people. I’m rooting for him to win The Apprentice and use the money to end all this legal nonsense.

      • ron

        Even if Hatch were to win Celebrity Apprentice I think the money goes to charity.

    • Marianna

      Hatch is an arrogant, bombastic oaf with far too high an opinion of himself. So it can hardly come as any surprise when two of the world’s greatest self aggrandizing fools, Hatch and Trump, are drawn to each other like a pair of moths to the flame, they deserve each other.

    • Henry

      trump is all for ratings if TRASH gets you ratings you put TRASH on your show…AND keep him there even after he was a bully to Cassidy..Some President Trump will make-NOT

    • fifty8th

      They accepted him because of the publicity he brings when he goes back to jail

  • etm

    WTF is WRONG with this guy?!

    • DFSF

      A $2M tax debt on $1M! That’s a screw up of Sheenian proportions.

  • sam

    He probably doesn’t have the money — there is really something wrong with the judicial system that you go away 4 years for not filing taxes

    • sam

      Just for info, this is a different sam. I have no problem with him going to jail.

  • Henry

    what goes around comes around…..David Cassidy must be laughing and dancing over this one…….

  • s

    what the h is wrong with this man. file your taxes dude. maybe he likes prison???

  • Zip

    A million isn’t really that much. Take off 3 zeros, and it’s a thousand dollars. And we all know how easy it is to spend 40 dollars here and 50 there, and soon your thousand is gone. Same goes for a million, it’s just that you’re spending $40,000 or so at a time instead.

  • Mike

    Imagine that no remorse for not pulling your pants down and letting the gov’t rape you….stupid vendetta by a petty judicial system and a gov’t that’ll waste the $$$

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