One of the standouts on the new season of Donald Trump‘s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is in very hot water.
Learning his IRS lesson the hard way, original ‘Survivor’ champ Richard Hatch was ordered on Friday to return to prison to serve a nine-month sentence, says the Hollywood Reporter. A judge is punishing Hatch for (still) not paying taxes he allegedly owes on the $1 million prize (plus thousands for additional media appearances) he earned back in 2000 as the very first winner of CBS’ hit series.
Hatch now owes approximately $2 million in taxes and penalties. He has vehemently proclaimed his innocence.
The 49-year-old Army veteran already served time behind bars for tax evasion, for more than three years. He was released in 2009, vowing that “whatever is owed, I will pay,” but describing himself as “financially devastated.”
At the time, he remarked that his years in jail “reduced my arrogance,” but insisted he was persecuted by an overzealous prosecution that failed, according to Hatch, to overlook his sexual orientation. He told Matt Lauer, “My personal opinion: [The prosecutor] discriminated against me. I do believe that. I don’t think you or anyone else could deny that we, as homosexuals, face discrimination.” deets here