'Survivor' Star Hatch Released After Serving Sentence for Failing to Pay Taxes

December 12, 2011 - 3:45 PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2010 file photo, reality TV star Richard Hatch leaves federal court in Providence, R.I. Hatch on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 was released from a Rhode Island prison after serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay back taxes. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Reality television star Richard Hatch has been released from a Rhode Island prison after serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay back taxes.

A state prison official says the winner of the first season of the CBS reality show "Survivor" was released Monday.

Hatch served six weeks at a state minimum-security facility as a transition after spending most of his sentence in federal prison. The Newport resident had spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" winnings. He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed.

The 50-year-old went back to prison in March for violating the terms of his supervised release by failing to settle his tax bill.

Hatch had claimed he was "financially destitute."