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Survivor Champ Richard Hatch Released from Prison

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Richard Hatch, winner of the initial Survivor series has been released from prison after serving a nine-month sentence for tax evasion.

The first-ever Survivor winner Hatch was jailed in March for the second time in relation to tax issues stemming from his $1 million prize on the CBS competition, which he won in 2000.

A state prison official reported that Hatch was released on Monday.

Hatch previously served jail time in 2006 for his failure to pay taxes on his $1 million prize money. He was allowed to leave prison on supervised release in 2009, on the understanding that he would pay back the taxes that he owed.

However, Richard Hatch failed to make the most of this chance, because he still did not re-file his tax forms for 2000 and 2001. That saw his parole revoked and Hatch returned to jail.

His attorney argued that Hatch was innocent and had been complying with the system and working with an accountant to determine how much he owed in back taxes. The judge in his case didn’t believe him, and ordered him to complete his nine-month sentence.

Hatch has done that now and the TV reality star said he was “happy” to be out of jail. He again stressed that he was innocent of the charges.

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