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"Survivor" Winner Indicted For Failing to Pay Taxes on Winnings

September 8, 2005-- Posted at 2:35 PM CDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)_ A grand jury has spoken, indicting "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch for failing to pay taxes on his winnings.

The U-S attorney in Providence, Rhode Island, says the first "Survivor" winner did not pay taxes on his million dollar prize, income from a radio show or rental income. He also allegedly used donations to his charity to cover personal expenses.

Hatch had agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion earlier this year but later backed out of the deal, saying he thought CBS was responsible for paying taxes on his prize. CBS says Hatch knew he had to pay the tax.

Hatch faces up to 75 years in prison if found guilty on all charges. He also could face millions of dollars in fines.

On "Survivor," Hatch stood out for being a cunning and ruthless competitor, and spent some of his time in the nude.

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