Survivor's Hatch Arraigned on Tax Charges
Original Survivor winner Richard Hatch faced the bare facts Tuesday at his arraignment in a Rhode Island federal court, where he was charged with skipping taxes on his $1 million prize from the hit CBS reality show.
Although there had been earlier reports that he planned to plead guilty, Hatch, 43, dressed in green khakis and a baggy plaid flannel shirt, did not enter a plea, the Associated Press reports.
But he did tell U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond that he understood the charges, and waived his right to a grand jury. Almond released Hatch on a $50,000 bond, which the reality TV personality posted immediately following the hearing.
A plea hearing will be scheduled at a later date with U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres. Prosecutors said that, in a plea-bargain deal, Hatch is eventually expected to admit guilt in exchange for their recommendation of a lenient sentence.
As part of that agreement, Hatch reportedly agreed to pay the taxes he owes, which the government said are between $200,000 and $400,000. In addition, he could face I.R.S. penalties.
He is charged with filing false 2000 and 2001 tax returns, omitting his income from Survivor and $321,000 that a Boston radio station also paid him. He faces a maximum five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge.
Outside the courtroom, the usually publicity-happy Hatch, remembered for going nude on Survivor (David Letterman dubbed him the "fat naked guy"), did not speak to reporters.
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