Richard Hatch might have been television's first “Survivor,” but the IRS has a different name for Hatch: alleged tax cheat.
The Associated Press reported that Hatch, a resident of Newport, RI, was charged last week with failing to report his $1.01 million earnings from the show as well as some $321,000 he was paid by a Boston radio station for 2001 appearances.
Hatch, 43, was known on the show for his propensity for nudity, a habit that annoyed his competitors.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Providence told the AP that Hatch received payments from Survivor Entertainment Group of $10,000 for appearing in August 2002 on the first season's final show as well as the $1 million prize for winning. The suit alleges he failed to report these and other earnings on his tax return. (Related item: Criminal information: U.S. v. Richard Hatch)
The Survivor star faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge, the AP reported, adding that calls to Hatch's Newport home went unreturned. He has signed a plea agreement and is due to be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence.