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Survivor Champ Richard Hatch Dissed by Supremes

Richard Hatch AP Photo/Stew Milne

The Supremes have spoken.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined without explanation to take up a last-ditch appeal filed by original Survivor champ Richard Hatch hoping to overturn his conviction in his 2006 tax-dodging case.

The high court let stand a ruling by a federal appeals court rejecting the erstwhile reality star's petition. And that means Hatch, 47, must serve out the rest of his four-year, three-month prison sentence for failing to pay the IRS taxes on the $1 million he won in the CBS game show's debut season in 2000.

Hatch had hoped the justices would be sympathetic to a conspiracy theory he wasn't allowed to float at his trial: CBS agreed to pay his taxes after he caught producers rigging the first season of Survivor.

Michael Minns, an attorney for Hatch, said his client was disappointed the high court didn't take the case last week and was concerned that his incarceration would prevent him from being able to take care of his family.

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