Original 'Survivor' Richard Hatch pleads innocent to tax charges
UPI News Service, 09/19/2005
"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch Monday pleaded innocent to charges including tax evasion and fraud in a Providence, R.I., federal courtroom.
Hatch, 44, the winner of the CBS reality show's $1 million grand prize in its inaugural season, told reporters before his arraignment the case against him is "absurd," the Providence Journal reported. "I'm not guilty," he said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln B. Almond released Hatch on a $50,000 secured bond after attorney John MacDonald entered not guilty pleas to all the charges, the newspaper said.