PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Reality television star Richard Hatch has been released from a state prison after serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay back taxes.

Hatch, the winner of the first season of the CBS reality show “Survivor,” was released Monday, a state prison official said.

Hatch, 50, served six weeks at a state minimum-security facility as a transition after spending most of his sentence in federal prison.

The Newport resident had spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on his $1 million “Survivor” winnings. He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed.

He went back to prison in March for violating the terms of his supervised release by failing to settle his tax bill. He had claimed he was “financially destitute.”

Hatch said Monday night he was “happy” to have been released but didn’t know where he would be staying. He maintained he’s innocent of failing to pay his taxes.

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Comments (4)
  1. GROWAPAIR says:

    I sure would like to “survive” in his “hatch.”

    1. wg//af says:

      Of course MIKEY is here hijacking screen names to remind everyone he takes his daddy’s balls up the ass because it’s the only time everyone will agree with what the chickensh!t dumbf**k “wg//af” wannabe poseur says.

  2. wg//af says:

    He could come stay with me in West Hollywood. We could get play “Survivor” and play hide the spear between the coconuts.

  3. joe says:

    All his wages are garnished by the Federal government. If he works, he will bring home such a small amount after the government takes their share of his salary. With that kind of situation, i think Hatch should go and play another reality survivor show so that he can pay the taxes that he owes. I don’t doubt he will be back to prison and let the tax payers shoulder his living expenses.

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