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Survivor winner's trial date set
Richard Hatch
Mr Hatch is accused of failing to pay federal income tax
Richard Hatch, the first winner of US reality show Survivor, will stand trial in Rhode Island next month for alleged tax evasion and related charges.

Jury selection is set for 10 January after US district judge Ernest Torres denied three motions filed by the 44-year-old's lawyers.

Mr Hatch is accused of failing to pay taxes on his $1m (575,000) winnings.

If convicted he could face a fine of up to $1.35m (776,000) and a total of 73 years in prison.

In the US tax has to be paid on winnings from game shows or gambling.

For gambling winnings over $5,000 the tax is deducted before the money is claimed but the same does not hold true for game show winnings.

According to a spokesman for the US attorney's office, Mr Hatch's legal team had asked the judge to delay the trial.


They also asked him to make prosecutors put an exact figure on the amount he allegedly owes in unpaid taxes.

Mr Hatch was indicted in September on 10 counts, all of which he has repeatedly denied.

Earlier in the year he backed out of a deal to plead guilty to two tax evasion charges.

Richard Hatch was one of 16 contestants marooned on the Malaysian island of Pulau Tiga in 2000.

Almost 52 million people tuned in to watch them try to outwit each other and endure challenges like eating insects and rats.

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