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'Survivor's' Hatch Gets Early Prison Release

May 14, 2009 | 6:31am EDT

Reality TV star Richard Hatch has been released from a federal prison after failing to pay taxes on his winnings from hit show Survivor.

Hatch, 47, was crowned the winner of Survivor: Borneo in 2000, but he was indicted and sentenced to four years behind bars in 2005 on charges of tax evasion on the $1 million-plus he'd earned from the show, as well as TV appearances and property taxes.

Prison officials have confirmed he was released from a facility in Morgantown, West Virginia, on May 11 for good behavior, and will spend the next six months in a halfway house in the area before going into supervised release. Hatch was originally due to be released in October.

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