Sprung Alert! Richard Hatch Released From Prison

Off-and-on inmate returned to lockup in May after failing to comply with terms of his release in 2009 on tax-evasion charges

By Natalie Finn Dec 12, 2011 9:32 PMTags
Richard HatchAP Photo/Steven Senne

Maybe Richard Hatch has learned his lesson now.

The first-ever Survivor winner and Celebrity Apprentice also-ran was released Monday from the minimum-security lockup he was tossed in after failing to comply with the terms of his release from federal prison in 2009.

A spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections confirms that he was picked up at 1 p.m., their time, and—what do you know—immediately granted an interview to a local TV station.

Hatch was reimprisoned in May, first in Brooklyn and then West Virginia, after again failing to make good on income tax owed dating back to his 2000 Survivor win. He was transferred to the Adult Corrections Institutions in Cranston, R.I., on Nov. 3 to start the transition back into the real world.

Where he should really consider relocating to from La-La Land.

The innocence-proclaiming reality-TV star first went to prison in 2006 after being found guilty of not paying his taxes on his $1 million Survivor prize, a $350,000 fee he netted from a radio gig and proceeds from a piece of property he owned.