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Media Report

May 16, 2006

For Hatch, fame has been the real test of survival

Boston Globe
Law professor Peter Henning is quoted in a story about Richard Hatch, who gained fame in TV’s “Survivor” series and is now in trouble with the IRS for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won in the first series. “Your odds of being prosecuted criminally for tax evasion are so low as to be almost nonexistent,” Henning said. Since the federal government doesn’t have the resources to prosecute all scofflaws, the government tends to concentrate on those who will gain the most attention. “The media can make you a star enough for the IRS,” he pointed out.

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