Survivor winner Richard Hatch was found guilty of violating his probation after failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize for winning the first season of the hit reality show. According to Barry Weiner, chief U.S. probation officer in Rhode Island, re-filing his 2000 and 2001 tax returns was a condition of his probation, but Hatch failed to do so, claiming he was not required while he was still appealing that issue in tax court. The I.R.S. now claims that Hatch owes $1.7 million on the original million that he won from the reality show. A judge has instructed both sides to submit sentencing suggestions within three weeks, and Hatch could face up to two years in jail for the conviction. A call to Hatch’s attorney was not immediately answered.
Posted January 10 2011 — 1:42 PM EST
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