Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Reality bites, especially if you're Richard Hatch. It looks like the well-known reality star will have to survive another stint behind bars, courtesy of Uncle Sam. Although the Survivor winner served three years in prison for tax evasion, he apparently didn't get the IRS's message. While Hatch may have paid his debt to society, he failed to pay his debt to the federal government after being released. Hatch was originally jailed for not paying takes on his $1 million prize from the popular CBS reality show. After serving out his prison sentence, he was released in 2009 and ordered to pay back the amount he owed. Apparently, Hatch misplaced the memo. A judge told Hatch the following, "You can proclaim your innocence. You don't have the option of engaging in this type of game or negotiation with the court. It needs to be severe punishment." Hatch, who's currently appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, was given a nine-month sentence, which is actually three months longer than the time prosecutors suggested. Hatch owes the Internal Revenue Service a whopping $2 million, none of which he's paid off. The judge added, "This isn't a complicated matter as much as you tried to complicate it. As far as I can tell, you've made no effort to put any money into the government's coffers." It sounds like Hatch's only hope of paying off Uncle Sam is winning Celebrity Apprentice, which he'll now be watching from jail.