March 13, 2011 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Richard Hatch is on his way back to the slammer. This week, a judge ordered the Celebrity Apprentice contestant to return to jail for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the CBS reality series, Survivor. How will this impact Celebrity Apprentice? Keep reading for all the details.
After serving a three year jail sentence for tax evasion, Richard Hatch of Survivor fame is once again facing time behind bars. According to reports, as a condition of his 2009 release, Hatch was to file his 2000 and 2001 tax returns and pay any additional funds due to the IRS (to the tune of about $2 million), but to date, he has yet to do so.
“This isn’t a complicated matter as much as you tried to complicate it,” Judge William E. Smith told Hatch during his recent court appearance. “As far as I can tell, you’ve made no effort to put any money into the government’s coffers.”
So… back to jail he goes.
But that’s not all.
In addition to his nine month jail sentence, the former Survivor champ has also been ordered to serve 26 months of supervised release, during which time the IRS will garnish 25 percent of his gross income.
Richard Hatch is expected to turn himself over to U.S. Marshals on Monday, March 14.
What does this mean for Celebrity Apprentice?
According to The Providence Journal, the show will go on with or without Hatch, and no changes have been made regarding the scheduled May 22 season finale on NBC.
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