October 17, 2008 11:00 AM by Paulene Hinds
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Richard Hatch’s appeal of his conviction for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the debut season of “Survivor.” Hatch is scheduled to be released from prison October 2009. He was sentenced to four years and three months back in 2006 for tax evasion in federal court in Providence.
Hatch had already been denied once before by a federal appeals court in Boston and was among more than a thousand rejected last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not explain its reasoning.
“He’s disappointed with the decision,” Hatch’s attorney, Michael Minns, said Wednesday. “He’s been worried about his family and taking care of them the entire time.”
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island, which prosecuted Hatch, did not comment Wednesday.
Hatch had tried to raise allegations of cheating during the taping of the hit CBS show andwhy he believed the producers would pay his taxes for him, but the judge would not listen to them.
This is not the first time Hatch has been in trouble for tax evasion and fraud. Hatch was also convicted of evading taxes on $327,000 he earned as co-host of a Boston radio show and $28,000 in rent on property he owed. He was acquitted of seven bank, mail and wire fraud charges that related to his charity, Horizon Bound, an outdoors program he planned to open for troubled youth.
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