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Reality TV star Richard Hatch files federal court appeals notice

Associated Press • Jul 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Reality TV star Richard Hatch has filed notice he'll appeal a federal court decision upholding his nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" winnings.Hatch filed the hand-written appeal notice June 29 in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I. He is representing himself.Federal Judge William E. Smith on May 9 rejected Hatch's request to vacate his prison sentence.Hatch spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of "Survivor." He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. A judge in March ruled he never did and returned him to prison.

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