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From the boardroom to the big house: Richard Hatch of 'Celebrity Apprentice' goes to prison

March 14, 2011 | 12:53 pm

Hatch Richard Hatch, who currently appears on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," will likely watch the May finale of the series behind bars.

Hatch surrendered to U.S. marshals in Rhode Island on Monday to begin serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first edition of "Survivor."

This will be Hatch's second prison stint. He previously served three years in prison for tax evasion before being released in 2009 and was serving a three-year term of supervised probation.

When he surrendered Monday, Hatch told reporters he was innocent and would appeal the sentence.

Hatch filmed "Celebrity Apprentice" last fall, so his appearances on the reality series are already in the can. Producers for the series did not indicate whether he got "fired" by Donald Trump during the course of the show, but he will likely not participate in the live finale on May 22 when the cast reunites for the selection by Trump of this season's "Celebrity Apprentice."

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Richard Hatch. Credit: Stew Milne / Associated Press