“Celebrity Apprentice” star Richard Hatch is being sent back to prison to serve a nine-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on the money he won on CBS’ “Survivor,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. Hatch had already served more than three years in prison for tax evasion (he was released in 2009).
Hatch was supposed to re-file his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed, which he failed to do. Judge William Smith says Hatch showed no remorse and made his sentence three months longer than the six months the prosecutors recommended.
“You can continue to proclaim your innocence. You don’t have the option of engaging in this type of game or negotiation with the court,” Smith told Hatch during the sentencing. “It needs to be a severe punishment. That’s the only thing that will deter you in the future.”
Hatch owes the IRS an estimated $2 million. He is set to report for his prison term on Monday, Mar. 14.