Richard Hatch, the first-ever “Survivor” winner, made nationwide headlines within the years after his $1,000,000 win for federal costs of tax evasion, for which he was discovered responsible and served 51 months in jail. He thenserved an extra 9 monthsin 2011 for a probation violation.
Despite many of the information surrounding this controversy dying out within the early 2010s, Hatch is as soon as once more again within the information for some illegal conduct involving taxes. And this time, he might lose his houses over it.
Here’s what you want to know:
Federal Prosecutors Accuse Hatch of Fraud, Request Permission to Seize His Home
The Providence Journalreported that, earlier this month, federal prosecutors in Hatch’s native Rhode Island are searching for almost $3 million from the fact TV star in again taxes and curiosity, courting again to his 2000 win. They are additionally askingU.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to approve the seizure of two of his Newport, Rhode Island properties with the intention to recoup the deficit he owes to the federal government – properties which prosecutors say have been fraudulently transferred by Hatch to his sister Kristin, in an try to outmaneuver the federal government.
The authorities lawsuit in opposition to Hatch learn, partly, that as a part of his 2006 jail sentence, “Hatch was additionally required to file amended revenue tax returns for the 2000 and 2001 tax years and pay all taxes due and owing as to these years, however he failed to take action.” It additionally seeks proof that Hatch is, in truth, the “true and equitable proprietor” of his properties, fairly than his sister Kristin.
Furthermore, property bought by Hatch in Nova Scotia shortly after his “Survivor” win was finally included in a tax sale in 2013 – shortly after his launch from jail – after he did not pay over $2,700 in taxes, per the Cape Breton Post.
Hatch Has Always Professed His Innocence on Tax Evasion Charges
Ever since being convicted in 2006 for tax evasion, Hatch has spoken out in opposition to the cost, insisting that he has”by no means tried to evade a cent in my whole life.”
“I realized very, in a short time our system is completely damaged,” Hatch mentioned in a February 2020YouTube videomade to handle his legal historical past. “And I realized over time that it is not simply the tax system — [it’s] the court docket system, the judges, the probation system, it is all of it. It is an utter mess, and fact makes no distinction.”
He added that he by no means agreed to a plea discount, as a result of he was not responsible. “I could not do it,” he mentioned. “It’s simply part of me. I am unable to rise up and say a court docket, ‘I tried to evade taxes’ to try to get out of punishment after I did notdo something. So I refused.”
Hatch additionally mentioned within the video that he was additionally charged with a number of different counts on the time — totaling 10 in all — however was acquitted on all however the tax evasion cost, which he mentioned was “so complicated that even we could not comply with it.” He added that he was the goal of an unethical assortment of prosecutors and judges who focused him as a result of they believed he was an “cocky prick,” and that the choose – Ernest C. Torres – specifically was an “absolute unethical bastard” who had had prior complaints and sanctions in opposition to him.
So far, Hatch has but to answer any of the brand new costs particularly, and prosecutors have but to grab his houses. But little question that is solely the start of Hatch’s most up-to-date authorized battle.
“Survivor 43” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.