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Survivor Winner Richard Hatch Going Back to Prison?

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on December 14, 2010 11:48 AM

Sure he can win the physically and mentally grueling challenge that is Survivor but he can't seem to navigate his way around the law. Richard Hatch, winner of season 1 of Survivor spent three and a half years behind bars for his very famous tax evasion case following his $1 million Survivor payday.

Apparently that was not enough time to read over the terms of his probation. The 49-year-old Hatch's probation was fairly straightforward: hold down a job, stay in Rhode Island, complete a mental health program, adhere to a privacy agreement, and re-file the 2000-2001 tax returns that he so conveniently forgot the first time around, according to E! Online.

Never one to shy away from an interview, his mouth rather than his money is what is landing him in hot water these days. Hatch has given two interviews to various media outlets that may have been in violation the terms of the probation. Although violation details have not been released, Hatch is scheduled to appear in court in a few days.

Violating probation can have a reaching effect. It could add more time to the probation term, incur greater restrictions, or add fines and/or jail time. It is usually up to judicial discretion on how to handle a probation violation. In the end, the consequences associated with a violation rest on several factors including: the nature of the violation and prior violations.

We soon shall see if Hatch's Survivor-skills will come into play again or not.

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