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    Naked survivor guy indicted on 10 counts   Survivor winner Hatch indicted for tax evasion Thu Sep 8, 2005 6:44 PM ET BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury
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      Naked survivor guy indicted on 10 counts
       
      'Survivor' winner Hatch indicted for tax evasion
      Thu Sep 8, 2005 6:44 PM ET

      BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Richard
      Hatch, who took home $1 million as the first winner of the CBS hit
      reality show "Survivor," for tax evasion, bank fraud and other charges.

      The U.S. Attorney's office in Providence, Rhode Island, accused Hatch, a
      motivational speaker, of failing to report the $1 million winnings in
      2000 and about $391,000 he earned from half a dozen other sources.

      The 10-count indictment follows a grand jury investigation that began in
      March when Hatch backed out of a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty
      to two tax evasion charges that carried a maximum 10-year jail sentence
      and a $500,000 fine.

      Hatch, who wandered around naked on the show and was once described by a
      fellow contestant as a "snake," said he was innocent in March. He was
      not immediately available for comment following the new list of charges
      released by prosecutors in Rhode Island.
      If convicted on all counts, the 44-year-old Newport, Rhode Island,
      native would face a maximum fine of $1.35 million and 73 years in
      prison.

      Eight of the charges carry a maximum sentence of five years each in
      prison, one has a three-year sentence and another bank fraud charge
      carries a maximum 30-year jail sentence, said Tom Connell, a spokesman
      for the U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island.

      A summons was issued for Hatch to appear before a U.S. magistrate for
      arraignment.
      The first "Survivor" became a ratings sensation for CBS and helped spark
      a boom in reality-based TV shows.

      In television and radio interviews aired in March, Hatch's lawyer said
      CBS should have withheld federal taxes for the game show contestant
      because the network should have classified him as an employee under
      California law.

      CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc., has said that Hatch alone was responsible
      for declaring his winnings to the federal government and paying his
      taxes.
      _________________

      'Survivor' winner indicted for tax evasion:-
      PROVIDENCE, R.I. | September 09, 2005

      A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Survivor winner Richard Hatch on
      charges of tax evasion and using charitable donations for personal
      expenses.

      The Providence, R.I., grand jury handed up a 10-count indictment
      alleging Hatch failed to report more than $1 million in income from
      Survivor and about $391,000 in income from six other sources, CBS News
      reported.

      The indictment charges Hatch did not report the $1 million prize he won
      in the first season of Survivor, the Pontiac Aztec he also won on the
      show or income from several paid appearances he made as winner of the
      CBS reality show.
      The indictment charges Hatch created a charity, Horizon Bound, then
      allegedly used $36,500 in donations for his personal expenses.

      The indictment charges Hatch with two counts of tax evasion, one count
      of filing a false S-Corporation income tax return, two counts of wire
      fraud, four counts of mail fraud and one count of bank fraud.
      _________________

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2005
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      GRAND JURY INDICTS "SURVIVOR" WINNER RICHARD HATCH ON CHARGES OF TAX
      EVASION AND DEFRAUDING CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTORS

      WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal grand jury in Providence, Rhode Island,
      today indicted Richard Hatch, of Newport, on charges of tax evasion and
      fraudulently using charitable donations for personal expenses. In a
      10-count indictment, the grand jury alleges that Hatch, winner of the
      first Survivor reality television series, failed to report about
      $1,037,000 income from Survivor and about $391,000 income from a
      half-dozen other sources.

      Eileen J. O'Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division;
      United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente; and Rebecca A. Sparkman,
      Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal
      Investigation, jointly announced the indictment, which the grand jury
      returned today in the U.S. District Court. The indictment is the result
      of a grand jury investigation that began after an information was
      dismissed in March charging Hatch with two counts of tax evasion.

      According to the indictment, Survivor Entertainment Group (SEG) paid
      Hatch $1,010,000 in August 2000 for appearing on the final episode of
      the initial "Survivor" series and for being declared the winner. In
      2001, a Newport accounting firm prepared a 2000 tax return for Hatch
      that included Hatch's Survivor income and concluded that he owed
      $441,501 in taxes. Hatch allegedly never filed that return.
      According to the indictment, in December 2001 Hatch hired a Middletown
      accountant to prepare another 2000 return for him. That return, which
      also reflected the Survivor income, concluded that Hatch owed $234,807
      in taxes. Hatch allegedly never filed that return, either.

      In the autumn of 2002, according to the indictment, Hatch asked the
      Middletown accountant to prepare a 2000 return that did not reflect the
      Survivor income. The accountant did so but cautioned Hatch that the
      return, which called for a $4,483 refund, was for "informational"
      purposes only and was not to be filed. The indictment alleges that,
      contrary to the accountant's warning, Hatch filed that "informational"
      return with the IRS.

      According to the indictment, Hatch also failed to report other income
      for 2000 and 2001:

      $27,074, representing the value of a Pontiac Aztec given to him in 2001
      as part of his Survivor prize;

      $326,540 that Entercom, Boston, LLC paid Hatch in 2001, through an
      S-corporation, for appearances on the Wilde Show, a radio program on
      WQSX-FM;

      $28,104 in rental income that Hatch received in 2000 and 2001 from
      property that he owned at 21 Annandale Road, Newport;

      $36,500 in charitable donations to Horizon Bound, a purported charity
      set up by Hatch, money that he allegedly used for his personal expenses.

      According to the indictment, Hatch used a total of $36,500 in charitable
      donations for personal expenses rather than for charitable purposes.

      In 2000, Chambers Communications, of Eugene Oregon, donated $25,000 to
      Horizon Bound in exchange for Hatch's appearance on a pilot for a
      television show called "For Goodness Sake." The show, which never aired,
      was intended to promote "the good work that charities do." Hatch
      allegedly added his name as a payee on the Chambers Communications check
      to Horizon Bound, deposited it in his personal bank account, and used
      the money for personal expenses.

      In April 2001, according to the indictment, East Boston Savings Bank
      donated $1,000 and CAM Media donated $500 to Horizon Bound following a
      speech that Hatch gave at East Boston Saving's annual meeting. Hatch
      allegedly used the money for personal expenses.

      Hatch also allegedly used for personal expenses a $10,000 contribution
      that Weakest Link Productions made to Horizon Bound in 2001 in exchange
      for Hatch's appearance on an episode of the quiz show, "The Weakest
      Link."

      The indictment charges Hatch with two counts of tax evasion, one count
      of filing a false S-Corporation income tax return, two counts of wire
      fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and one count of bank fraud. An
      indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent
      unless and until proven guilty. The maximum penalty for each count of
      tax evasion, wire fraud, and mail fraud is five years in prison and a
      $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for bank fraud is 30 years in prison
      and a $1,000,000 fine.

      A summons will be issued for Hatch, 44 to appear for arraignment in the
      U.S. District Court in Providence.

      The case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant
      U.S. Attorneys Andrew J. Reich and Lee H. Vilker are prosecuting it.

      _________________

      Copy of the indictment

      http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0908051hatch1.html

      _________________


      Can Dr. Dino be far behind??

      Sincerely,
      Robert Baty
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