Richard Hatch Hit With Tax Evasion Rap

IRS says "Survivor" winner didn't report his million dollar prize

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Richard Hatch Hit With Tax Evasion Rap

JANUARY 18--Richard Hatch, the first winner of CBS's "Survivor," was charged today with failing to report his $1 million reality TV windfall to the Internal Revenue Service.

The below two-count criminal information, unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, charges Hatch with filing a false 2000 tax return that omitted his seven-figure "Survivor" winnings. The nudity enthusiast, 43, is also charged with filing a false return for 2001 (he allegedly did not report $321,000 paid to him by a Boston radio station).

If convicted of the felony charges, Hatch could face a maximum of five years in prison for each count and could be hit with a $250,000 fine.

Hatch is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Providence federal court January 24. (6 pages)