PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Reality television star Richard Hatch has been released from a Rhode Island prison after serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay back taxes.
A state prison official says the winner of the first season of the CBS reality show "Survivor" was released Monday.
Hatch served six weeks at a state minimum-security facility as a transition after spending most of his sentence in federal prison. The Newport resident had spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" winnings. He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed.
The 50-year-old went back to prison in March for violating the terms of his supervised release by failing to settle his tax bill.
Hatch says he's "happy" to be out.
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