Richard Hatch, most well known for his overconfident, arrogant, and extreme antics in scoring him the winning title on America’s first ever TV series of Survivor, has done it again. This time, the case seems to stem far from our Survivor winning $1 million, with Hatch actually owing the IRS more than $1 million in federal income back taxes.
Before appearing on Survivor, Hatch lived a modest lifestyle, holding jobs from car sales to bartending to pay off the bills. Hatch even served in the military for five years, but apparently his proclaimed self discipline and restraint skills only served him well for so long. Reportedly, The IRS filed a $1,742,711 tax lien against Hatch earlier this year, with tax debts reaching as far back as 2000; the very year he won the title of Survivor.
And this isn’t the first time. In January of 2005, the US Attorney’s Office filed a claim against the Survivor for failing to report his winnings received on the final show- perhaps he thought they missed that episode? As if this wasn’t bad enough, Hatch continued to inaccurately record even more post show earnings, such as the $321,000 he received from his appearance on the WQSX-FM radio show in Boston later that year.
Initial charges against Hatch were lenient, with agreements arranged after a guilty plea on his behalf. However, Hatch shortly thereafter pulled out of the arrangement, only to stir up more trouble.
For some reason, I don’t think that the IRS will be so prone to allowing Hatch to run away with the money as his fellow contestants were, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.