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Richard Hatch jailed again

August 20, 2009|Associated Press

The lawyer for "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch said Wednesday that her client was taken to jail because he granted two TV interviews without getting the required permission from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Hatch had been serving the remainder of his prison term for tax evasion on home confinement at his sister's home in Newport, R.I. He granted three television interviews this week -- to NBC's "Today" show, NBC affiliate WJAR-TV and the NBC-owned "Access Hollywood."

The Bureau of Prisons would not comment on Hatch's case, but spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said prisoners on home confinement cannot grant interviews without first getting permission.

Hatch's lawyer, Cynthia Ribas, said a lawyer for the Bureau of Prisons told her Wednesday that it had given permission for the "Today" interview, but not the other two.

All three interviews were conducted Monday at Hatch's sister's house, Ribas said. He was taken into custody Tuesday.

Hatch was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he was awarded for winning the first season of the CBS reality show. His term is scheduled to end Oct. 7.

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