Richard Hatch Of Celebrity Apprentice Now Behind Bars

Reality TV star Richard Hatch has presented himself to U.S. marshals in Rhode Island to begin a nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the CBS show "Survivor."

Hatch arrived at U.S. District Court in Providence just after noon Monday, clad in a blue sweat suit.

Hatch maintains his innocence and says he hopes to be released soon. He has appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

Hatch, who lives in Newport, R.I., is currently appearing on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." He spent three years in prison for tax evasion before being released in 2009. He was ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. He never did.

Most of the Celebrity Apprentice has already been taped, but the finale is live. If his appeal fails, Hatch is expected to still be behind bars when it airs.

"Celebrity Apprentice" airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on WITN.

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