The first winner of the U.S. version of the reality game show Survivor, Richard Hatch has been charged with filing false tax returns, CNN reported Tuesday. Charges were filed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, where the openly gay Hatch lives with his adopted son.
The U.S. attorney accused Hatch of filing a false income tax return for 2000, the year he won Survivor, allegedly omitting the $1 million prize he received on national television as well as approximately $321,000 paid to him by radio station WQSX-FM in Boston, where Hatch often cohosted The Wilde Show. Hatch also received $10,000 for appearing on the Survivor finale and reunion show the year he won, the attorney said.
The incomplete tax return, filed in November 2002, failed to report the $1,010,000 paid to him by Survivor Entertainment Group, the U.S. attorney alleged.
Hatch could not be reached for immediate comment.