Richard Hatch is even braver than he proved to be on the original Survivor: He’s saying no to the IRS.
Hatch, a motivational speaker who was dubbed “the fat naked guy” by David Letterman at the height of his Survivor stardom in the summer of 2000, changed his mind and backed out of an agreement to plead guilty to tax fraud for failing to declare his $1 million TV prize, says Tom Connell, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island.
The plea bargain would have meant a severely reduced penalty for Hatch, rather than the maximum 10-year prison sentence.
The government will now “present the case to a grand jury for consideration of all possible charges,” Connell said, Reuters reports.
Hatch’s lawyer, John MacDonald, was not available for comment, but Hatch’s former TV nemesis, Susan Hawk, seemed only too happy to tell New York’s Daily News.
“He still thinks he’s beyond everybody and everything,” she said of Hatch. “Now he’s going to be behind bars.”