Richard Hatch to begin prison sentence, Donald Trump to help?
Richard Hatch has turned himself in to begin a nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he earned for winning the first season of "Survivor" in 2000.
Hatch, 49, currently appears on the fourth season of Donald Trump's reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice." Trump, a real estate mogul and businessman, told People magazine that he "may get involved" and ask Hatch "what the hell is going on."
On Monday, March 14, Hatch arrived at a court in Rhode Island, where he lives, to turn himself in to authorities. He told reporters outside that he is innocent, the Associated Press said, adding that he has already submitted an appeal.
"I hope I'm released soon," Hatch said. "But this system is not effective in dealing with the truth. As always, I'll comply with whatever I'm asked to do and continue my pursuit of exoneration."
Hatch had spent three years in prison for tax evasion between 2006 and 2009. He had been serving a three-year term of supervised release following his 2006 conviction. A judge had found that he failed to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and last week ordered him back to prison.
Hatch said at the time that he was working with an accountant to figure out what he owed. The IRS has determined that he must now pay $2 million in winnings and penalties.
Hatch filmed "The Celebrity Apprentice" last year. As of Monday, the reality star, known for his confrontational demeanor, is still in the competition. Actress Lisa Rinna and former child star David Cassidy have been eliminated since the fourth season premiered on March 6.