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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.

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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.

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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 had claimed he was "financially destitute."

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