(Richard Hatch holding his prize $1 million check)
Wesley Snipes got off the hook (more than less) for tax fraud a week ago, but former Survivor winner Richard Hatch wasn't so fortunate.
Hatch, who won $1 million during Survivor's first season in 2000, had his tax evasion conviction upheld on Friday.
Since 2006 Hatch has been serving out a four-year three-month sentence in a federal prison in West Virginia for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million award, $327,000 he earned hosting a Boston radio show, and $28,000 in property he obtained.
In the appeal which was filed in Dec. 2006, Hatch argued that CBS had agreed to pay his for his taxes after he witnessed members of Survivor's crew secretly handing out food to contestants. CBS denied that any agreement was ever made, and no evidence exists to support Hatch's claims. It didn't help Hatch's appeal that some of the charges were completely unrelated to income provided by CBS.
On Friday the court decided to strike down his appeal, claiming in a 52-page decision: "The failure of Hatch to present any evidence of such conversations when invited by the court strongly suggested that no actual promises were made, and no such 'deal' actually existed. It was not the court's right, much less duty, to put words in Hatch's mouth."
Hatch is scheduled to get out of prison in October 2009.