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Steven Senne  /  AP file
Richard Hatch departs federal court after the first day of jury deliberation in his tax fraud trial in this file photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in Providence, R.I.
updated 5/2/2011 7:42:00 PM ET 2011-05-02T23:42:00

Reality TV star Richard Hatch is seeking bail in Rhode Island pending the appeal of a nine-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the hit CBS show "Survivor."

Hatch spent more than three years in prison for tax evasion. He was released in 2009 to serve three years of supervised release. He was ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. A judge in March ruled he never did and returned him to prison.

He's being held in New York City.

Hatch's lawyer says in a filing in federal court in Providence on Monday there are questions about whether Hatch violated his release. The lawyer says if Hatch isn't granted bail he'll serve much of his sentence before the appeals process finishes.

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