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'Celeb Apprentice' Star Begins Prison Sentence

5/2/2011 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "Survivor" champion Richard Hatch is now officially inmate #05559-070 at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn ... where a few days ago, he began his 9 month prison stint for not paying taxes on his prize money.

Richard Hatch Jail

TMZ spoke with  Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley -- who confirmed Hatch checked in on April 29 ... and is expected to be released on December 12, 2011.

Hatch -- who was recently fired on this season's "Celebrity Apprentice" -- made a public plea to raise enough cash to pay off his debt, but his words apparently fell upon deaf ears.

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croc    

have fun!

1268 days ago
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Snooki'sHairBump    

Why the hell would anyone help this fool pay off his taxes. He should have done it when he first got the money, or at least hired an accountant. Now he has to pay with prison time. Oh well.

Have fun in prison! Don't drop the soap!

1268 days ago
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Tammy    

So, does prison cover his debt? Having never been in IRS trouble, I'm not sure if it's prison OR pay or prison AND pay. Same question for Snipes: is he free and clear when released?

1268 days ago
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northern gypsy    

what??? a public plea to assist him...he's delusional !!!
clearly he needs some time in the big house to bring him back to earth...

1268 days ago
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Elle0375    

Too bad he can't take the idiot, donald tramp, with him!!

1268 days ago
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Jackie    

Hmm!!!...Nice

1268 days ago
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Abe    

Does he plan to walk around naked in prison?

x

1268 days ago
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Sonja    

I'm wondering the same thing Tammy. Didn't he already go to prison for not paying those taxes? If so how can he go again for the same thing?

1268 days ago
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Meglet    

Now if they would just do the same to the freaking politicians who don't pay THEIR taxes.

1268 days ago
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yessir    

WTF? He's just now going to jail? He committed tax fraud years ago, back when he won Survivor.

1268 days ago
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Carol    

I can't wait till the CA finale when Trump explains why Hatch isn't there. LOL

1268 days ago
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Sonja    

Ahh, I found it.. I guess he was indited, then plead guilty, then changed it, then appealed all this from 2006 to 2008, then was arrested again for giving interviews that he wasn't supposed to give... I guess this arrest is because he violated the terms of his release.

"Hatch was back in federal court on December 15, 2010, in connection with a charge that he violated the terms of his release by failing to file federal income tax returns. On March 11, 2011, he was sentenced to nine months of incarceration, to be followed by a supervised release for 26 months."

1268 days ago
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Mikey    

Money for nothing and sex for free. Well I guess he was wrong about the money for nothing part.

1268 days ago
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gemini81    

Jaysus, how many times does this guy have to go to jail??? He already served time in prison, why is he going back?

1268 days ago
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Mikey    

He oughta pay that as a lotto number 05559-070, if he hits he can pay off the debt and maybe even make it into a tv movie of the week!

1268 days ago
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