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Richard Hatch's tax evasion trial begins

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 11th 2006 9:52AM
The very first winner of Survivor could be headed for prison. Richard Hatch is accused of not paying income tax on his $1 million prize and on other income. Hatch is also accused of spending money on himself that had been earmarked for a charity that he helped create. Charges include tax evasion, filing a false tax return, wire fraud, bank fraud and mail fraud.

Hatch and his youthful-looking boytoy attorney appeared in court on Tuesday as the task of jury selection began. Media reports say, when potential jurors entered the courtroom, a lot of them appeared to recognize Hatch and whispered to each other. I think I know what they were saying: "I've seen that man naked."

Jury selection continues today, then opening arguments should begin on Thursday. The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

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