Remember how “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch failed to report his game show winnings on his tax return and went to jail? Well apparently Adam Jasinski didn’t watch “Survivor”…
Jasinksi, the winner of CBS’ “Big Brother 9” pleaded guilty today failing to file a tax return for 2008, the year that he won the $500,000 grand prize. Of course, he may have been a bit dazed and confused that year. It seems that Jasinski also has a drug problem. He was arrested last year and charged with attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills; he had previously sold drugs to a cooperating witness. According to an affidavit filed in court, Jasinski told a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent that he used some of his game show winnings to buy the pills so that he could resell them.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, Jasinski faces up to 15 years for both charges. The tax charge, a misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of one year.
The premise of “Big Brother”, the show that made Jasinski somewhat (in)famous, is that contestants live in a single home under constant surveillance. They are not allowed to leave the home. In what can only be considered an ironic twist, Jasinski’s lawyer, Valerie Carter, said she planned to recommend a sentence of house arrest.