Richard Hatch

Survivor winner Richard Hatch is claiming he's destitute and needs a court-appointed lawyer to help him appeal a nine-month sentence he received for failing to re-file his 2000 and 2011 taxes returns, The Associated Press reports.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond has recommended that Hatch be denied free legal counsel, citing that Hatch's appeal is not "taken in good faith." The first Survivor winner, who previously spent three years in prison after failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the CBS reality series, denies the judge's claims.

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In the court filing, Hatch also claims the IRS has not informed him how much money he owes on his Survivor winnings, and says he may have new evidence indicating that the taxes are should be paid to Malaysia, where the first season took place, instead of the U.S.

Hatch, who's currently in a West Virginia prison, is expected to be released in December.