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Hatch claims that he cut tax deal with Survivor producers

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2006 5:28PM
Richard Hatch - Augusta ChonicleOnce a weasel, always a weasel. Today, at the tax evasion trial of original Survivor winner Richard Hatch, his lawyer mentioned to the judge that Hatch and the show's producers cut a deal after Hatch caught fellow castmembers cheating on the show. If Hatch didn't expose the cheating, the producers would pay the taxes on his winnings. Of course, that didn't happen, or else Hatch wouldn't be in the deep doo-doo he's in today. The judge is still deciding whether Hatch can give this information on the stand.

Hatch is also accused of dodging taxes on other income from outside the show (although I'm sure it stemmed from his appearance and win) and of using charitable funds for his own purposes. Sounds like a nice fella.

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This just sounds like yet another excuse from Hatch. He's had amny issues and many excuses... What makes this excuse anymore believable? It has more attention only because people love to find out flaws with big name shows.

January 22 2006 at 5:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not a tax expert by any means, but I don't think anyone can pay the taxes for another unless they have power of attorney. Even if he had a business manager that took care of that, he would still have to file at the end of the year with his signature on the documents.

If I am correct, his lawyer should be disbarred for gross incompetance for trying to pass this off as some sort of defence to a judge.

January 20 2006 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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