Richard Hatch Will Try to Survive in Federal Prison

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Surviving on bugs and coconuts? No problem for Richard Hatch.

Getting by on bread and water? The initial winner of Survivor will soon find out if that's something he can handle.

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Hatch has been sent to a federal prison in Oklahoma to serves a 51-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the debut season American's favorite reality show.

Originally, Hatch was being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts; reasons for the transfer were not given.

Reasons why he strode around the CBS island naked all the time were also kept quiet.

The 45-year old was conviced by a federal jury in January of failing to pay taxes on the Survivor prize and other income. He was sentenced in May to 51 months in prison by a judge who said the reality TV star had lied repeatedly on the witness stand.

He would prefer to serve his sentence near family in Rhode Island or in Florida, said his lawyer, Michael Minns.

"He should be in a camp," Minns said. "The camps are the most comfortable of the uncomfortable. They are still jails, but they get to see the sky and be outside. It's bad for Richard, who is an outdoor person."

That is too bad for Richard. Perhaps he should have thought about how prisons were mostly indoors when he broke the law.

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