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Jail for original Survivor winner
Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch was sent to jail for more than four years
The first $1m winner of the US reality TV series Survivor has been jailed for more than four years for not paying taxes on his prize winnings.

Richard Hatch, 45, of Rhode Island, won the contest in 2000.

He denied the charges, saying he thought producers would foot his tax bill, but he was convicted by a court in January.

The judge in the case said Hatch had lied during his trial.

Financial ignorance

Hatch was also convicted of not paying taxes on wages he earned as a co-host of a radio show and rent paid on a property he owned.

He shot to fame as one of 16 contestants marooned on a Malaysian island for the show which sparked a reality TV boom in the US.

He had told the court it was his ignorance of financial matters that had landed him in trouble and he forget to tell his accountants about some of his earnings.

The judge imposed a sentence of 51 months, although the maximum available was 13 years.

He was also given three years of supervised release and told to repay taxes owed between 2000 and 2001.

He had earlier rejected a plea deal with prosecutors, telling NBC's Today show he wanted to go to trial to prove his innocence.

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