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Richard Hatch -- I Need $300,000 STAT!!!

4/5/2011 7:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "Survivor" champ Richard Hatch says he DESPERATELY needs someone to loan him $300,000 by April 10 -- so he can pay off his tax debt, avoid prison and then SUE THE BEJESUS out of CBS.

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Hatch -- who's currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals while he waits to serve his sentence for not paying taxes on his $1 million prize -- has fired off an open letter to the public ... saying, "I can prove my innocence if someone will loan me three hundred thousand dollars."

He explains, "I have until April 10, 2011 to pay the Malaysian government the tax they are due for the work I did on Survivor ten years ago, taxes the producer's of Survivor and CBS Television were legally required to pay to the Malaysian Revenue Board."

Hatch says if he makes the payment, his tax problems will be over for good -- and he can focus on filing a lawsuit against CBS, "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett and others related with the show for the "years of torment and financial devastation I have incurred as a result of their improper actions."

Hatch also believes he's being used by the IRS as a "poster child" for what can happen if you don't pay your taxes ... stating, "The government has very effectively exploited my notoriety to their ends and I have been powerless to stop them. "

Hatch is set to begin a 9-month prison sentence -- though he still insists he's an innocent man.


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16.

t    

Donald Trump seems to love this guy for some reason....he will be bailed out quietly by Trump....

1262 days ago
17.

stu    

wesley snipes is waiting for u richie!

1262 days ago
18.

Marty    

What is that brown thing under his bottom lip? Is that a testicle tickler?

1262 days ago
19.

Artist    

"everyone else in the world has to!"
Except for multi-Billion dollar corporations like GE.

1262 days ago
20.

wow    

Call up your buddies from the Apprentice. The guy in the cowboy hat is a great fund raiser.

1262 days ago
21.

Annie     

What did he do with the $$ he just got paid for The Apprentice? Wonder if he bothered to pay taxes on that...LOL

1262 days ago
22.

Fan    

Richard got $1,000,000
Richard owed $300,000 of taxes on it.
Richard should have spent and wasted $700,000.
Richard spent and wasted $1,000,000 instead.
Richard wants another free $300,000.
Richard then will have received a total of $1,300,000.
Richard will then owe $100,000 of taxes on the free $300,000.
Richard will then need another free $100,000.
Plus $30,000 of taxes on that.
Plus $10,000 of taxes on that.
Plus $3,000 of taxes on that.
Plus $1,000 of taxes on that.

Richard, you stupid s@@t, do you see this? This is reality.

Go to prison, do your time, plan a REAL way to make $300,000 (give speeches, walk the streets, nobody cares), pay your taxes, and stop playin' the foo.


Seems just a tad scammy, doesn't it?

1262 days ago
23.

Miss Bu    

LMAO good luck with that lawsuit. WTF is wrong with ppl not wanting to pay there taxes,

1262 days ago
24.

JT    

Why does he have to pay taxes to Malaysia AND the US??? Someone has a bad tax lawyer.

1262 days ago
25.

northern gypsy    


what a class a-1 tool...YOUR name was on the cheque...
not the malaysian goverment...not mark burnett...and not cbs !!!
off you go...to the big house...next

1262 days ago
26.

ManiacalZebra    

Why should anyone "loan" him money when this whole fiasco has shown that he's not interested in paying anyone money he owes?

1262 days ago
27.

Darla    

Ha! Good luck with that one. I need a new car. Anybody want to loan me 12k for a new Kia?

1262 days ago
28.

Fuck Celebrities    

Malasia????? WTF??

1262 days ago
29.

Italia    

He made himself a "poster child" of what can happen when you're too greedy to pay your taxes on Jackpot Prizes. He should have let them take the money off the top. Now he's broke and nobody's going to loan him $300,000 because he no longer has the money to pay them back, and if he does, he's already let us know that he's going to spend the rest of his money on attorneys' fees.

Wasn't he the guy that everybody hated?

1262 days ago
30.

Brooke    

Someone tell him to stop being a *****, do his time (which will only be half that! so 4 & 1/2 months) and try to sue them when he gets out. That $300,000 would be a waste seriously. What a bitch if he can't just do some time. He's a dumb prick anyways. Let him rot a little. He's known for 10 years he would have to pay this money and he has done nothing to prepare for it or here's a thought, just pay it with his winning million dollars. For real what a prick. I would love to have $300,000 to make my life and families life a little nicer.

1262 days ago
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