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Richard Hatch, the chubby gay nudist who "masterminded" his way to ultimate triumph in the first Survivor series has been persuaded to plead guilty of tax evasion:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Richard Hatch (news), who became a millionaire when he won the first-ever "Survivor" reality show, has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion for failing to report income...
And yes, he attempted to conceal the cheque for US 1 million dollars which was presented to him on international television:
...including the $1.01 million he won on the show.

Federal prosecutors charged that Hatch, 43, filed false 2000 and 2001 tax returns, omitting his income from the CBS show, as well as another $321,000 he was paid by a Boston radio station.

The penalty could be up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge. However, as part of the plea agreement filed Tuesday in federal court, the U.S. Attorney's office said it would recommend a lesser sentence.
I doubt he'll see much if any jailtime, but it does raise the interesting possibility of a TV comeback for Hatch. It certainly would shift the "Survivor" series up a notch.

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