Second CBS Reality Series Winner Tossed in Slammer
Is it that no good can come of winning a CBS reality series, or is CBS's casting department simply the Very Best Ever at finding folks who are dumb as hair to put into their reality shows? Or maybe Massachusetts is just not a good state for CBS reality show winners. We report, you decide:
One day after original "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was finally let out of a Massachusetts hoosegow upon completing his sentence for not paying taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" prize, the guy who won the last round of CBS's "Big Brother" was thrown in a Massachusetts slammer after confessing to having used his $500,000 prize to try to launch a new business - buying thousands of oxycodone pills to re-sell at a profit.
Adam Jasinski, 31, won the half a million bucks on the edition of "Big Brother" that aired in the first half of 2008. In order to win that money, Jasinski was sequestered with a bunch of other like-minded people in the Big Brother House in Studio City, Calif., under constant surveillance. Inmates voted every week which among them would be evicted and the last person standing got the cash.
Jasinski was deemed to be the most deserving house guest of that edition which made perfect sense given that he was the guy who got fired from his job at the United Autism Foundation while he was sequestered in the BB house because he had decided it would be a good career move to refer to autistic children as "retards" on national television. Yes, "Big Brother" contestants tend not to be people who graduated Yale. "Big Brother" contestants tend to be people who cannot spell "Yale."
Anyway, Jasinski was arrested Saturday after showing a snitch a sock filled with oxycodone.
Jasinski has been charged with attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills in Massachusetts to a government witness, the AP reported, based on an affidavit filed in court by Todd Prough, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Prough said in the affidavit that Jasinski told him that he was using his "Big Brother" winnings to buy thousands of oxycodone pills and has been reselling them along the East Coast for the past
several months. Wonder if he was planning to pay taxes on his CBS reality series prize money?
Jasinski's lawyer, Valerie Carter, did not immediately return the AP's call.
Jasinski now faces being sequestered in a different kind of Big House for a maximum of 20 years -- and a $1 million fine.
One day before Jasinski was introduced to the Massachusetts penal system, Hatch got out of a Massachusetts jail. But he can't move around without permission from authorities for three years and he must attend regular meetings with a probation officer, and complete a mental health program, in which one of the questions should most certainly be, "Have you ever participated in a CBS reality series?"
Hatch was convicted in 2006 of not paying taxes on his "Survivor" prize ad other income, and of lying on the stand during the trial. He spent 51 months in the slammer, then was released to home confinement but got tossed back in jail when authorities gave him permission to give an interview to the "Today" show, but a local NBC station and NBC/Universal's syndicated celebrity suck-up show "Access Hollywood" had gone along for the rise, and the intricacies of NBC/Universal vertical integration proved too much for authorities.
Lisa de Moraes
October 20, 2009; 3:26 PM ET
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