Richard Hatch, the winner of the first Survivor, was indicted today on federal tax evasion and fraud charges today and could face up to 75 years in prison should he be found guilty of all charges. Hatch faces 10 charges, including tax evasion, filing a false tax return, wire fraud, bank fraud and mail fraud. the U.S. Attorney claims that Hatch did not pay taxes on his “Survivor” prize money, income from a radio show and rental income. The Newport resident also allegedly used donations to his charity, Horizon Bound, to cover personal expenses.

Only an idiot would not file taxes on the winnings of a nationally televised game show whose finale was watched by over 50 million people, including the IRS. Did he think that he would simply get away with it? CBS surely reported the pay out to the IRS, and granted, it took them a couple of years to catch up with him, but they weren’t going to forget this guy. The IRS wasn’t laughing after the negotiations for settlement fell through either. Now it’s payback time.

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