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‘Survivor’ Winner Held in Protective Custody

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Apr 12, 2006 | 5:00am EDT

Survivor winner Richard Hatch is being held in protective custody apart from other inmates until his sentencing later this month on tax evasion charges.

Hatch, who won $1 million during the first season of the TV reality show, was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes on his winnings and other income.

He was immediately taken into custody because District Court Judge Ernest Torres believed he posed a flight risk.

Hatch requested that he be put into protective custody shortly after he was detained, according to his attorney, Michael Minns.

The 45-year-old is being held at a jail in Plymouth, Massachusetts, until his sentencing on April 25.

Supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal Charles Wyant said Hatch was placed in protective custody because he is a celebrity.

He explains, "The situation he's in is the best possible position for him to be in at this point in time, the safest and most secure."

Hatch faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison.

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