‘Survivor’ victor pleads not guilty

From Associated Press

Richard Hatch, who won $1 million on the first season of the reality show “Survivor,” pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he failed to pay taxes on his winnings and other income.

Hatch has been charged with tax evasion, filing a false tax return, wire fraud, bank fraud and mail fraud. He entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I.

A grand jury indictment filed earlier this month said Hatch filed false tax returns for 2000 and 2001 that omitted his income from the CBS show, $327,000 he was paid to co-host a radio show and $28,000 in rent on a property he owns in Newport, R.I.

The former corporate trainer said the 10-count indictment was retribution for his refusal earlier this year to follow through with a plea deal.


Hatch, 44, faces a maximum of 75 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.