AP Photo/Stew Milne
AP Photo/Stew Milne
Hint: it's exactly who you think it is.
That's right, Richard Hatch—he of the perpetual legal trouble—has been accused of violating probation in his infamous tax evasion case and could very well be heading back behind bars because of it.
So what'd he do this time?
No one knows. Actually, plenty of people know, but no one's talking. But if we had to guess, then it's at least possible an interview he gave last month might've had something to do with it.
The 49-year-old original Survivor champ has spent some three-and-a-half years behind bars already, and the terms of his probation required him to hold down a job, remain in Rhode Island, complete a mental health program and refile the 2000 and 2001 tax returns that got him into such hot water in the first place.
However, additional terms were put in place during Hatch's time in house arrest and another media interview, that time with the Today show, led to his first repeat lock-up back in 2009. Apparently, his spouting off violated a little-known (to him and TV producers, anyway) privacy condition of his house arrest.
While it's too early to tell if anything similar happened this time around, Hatch did sit down with the Providence Journal-Bulletin last month and revealed that he recently received two tax refund checks of roughly $1,000 each. He told the paper that the IRS wouldn't have paid him the money if he was supposedly in delinquency.
"I think it's unequivocal proof that I don't owe anything, nor have I ever owed anything beyond what I paid already when I originally filed in 2000 and 2001," he said.
Perhaps that drew the IRS' discerning eye? Barry Weiner, who oversees federal probation in the state, has already spoken out hinting that the comments did Hatch no favors and said that they inherently conflicted with the terms of his probation.
So here's hoping someone gets him a muzzle for Christmas.
Whatever the case, details of the alleged violation will no doubt be revealed in full next week, when Hatch—who is not being detained prior to his required appearance at next Wednesday's court hearing—will answer to the complaint.