The gay man who
won $1 million on the first Survivor show is
facing a January trial date on tax evasion charges. U.S.
district judge Ernest Torres on Wednesday denied three
motions filed by lawyers for Richard Hatch, the
Newport, R.I., man who sometimes competed naked
on the CBS reality show.
According to a
spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, Hatch's lawyers
had asked the judge to delay the trial and force federal
prosecutors to divulge how much money Hatch supposedly
owes the government. Torres scheduled jury selection
for January 10.
A federal grand
jury indicted Hatch in September on tax evasion, wire
fraud, and mail fraud charges. Prosecutors say Hatch failed
to pay federal income tax on his $1 million
Survivor prize and other income. In addition to
the tax charges, federal authorities said Hatch
created a charity for troubled teenagers, then used
donations for his personal expenses. Hatch has
repeatedly denied the charges. (AP)