Donald Trump (left) and Richard Hatch
contestant Richard Hatch turned himself into U.S. marshals on Monday to begin a nine-month prison sentence, according to The Providence Journal
But Hatch, who is serving time
for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize from the first season of Survivor
, has someone on the outside who may be willing to help him.
"It sounds like a very tough predicament," Donald Trump tells PEOPLE. "I may ask him if there's anything I can do ... I may get involved and ask him what the hell is going on."
On the current season of Apprentice
, Hatch quickly made enemies
of Jose Canseco and David Cassidy, who accused the reality star of shoving him. Cassidy was ultimately fired.
"He wasn't loved on set because it's a competition but I will say he was respected," Trump said, adding that helping Hatch pay his debt is "something I'd think about. He's been a great character on the show."
As for the show's live finale, Trump says, "If he makes it to the finals – and I'm not saying he is – I'm sure we can get him time off for good behavior."