Michael Skupin may have been a “survivor” on television, but prison will prove to be the real test.

The 54-year-old television personality and two-time contestant on “Survivor” was sentenced on Tuesday in an Oakland County, MI, courthouse after being found guilty of four counts of possession of child pornography.

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Skupin, who runs a Christian ministry called “Michael Skupin Ministries” that helps people combat addiction, appeared as a contestant on both the 2000 and 2012 seasons of the hit reality TV series.

In 2000, he was the first contestant to be medically evacuated after falling into a fire hands-first, finishing in 11th place.

Upon his return in 2012, he lasted until he was one of the final three contestants, but during the “Final Tribal Council,” he was chastised by the jury for his “strategic and social ineptitude,” receiving only one vote and being forced off the show.

The Michigan Attorney General's office started its investigation of Skupin after individuals began contacting a local reporter about a Ponzi scheme Skupin was running that they'd been victims of.

Investigators claimed the grift involved Skupin recruiting investors and friends to join a “gifting scheme” called “Pay It Forward,” presumably taken from the 2000 film of the same name.

Victims invested $10,000 cash into the scheme, which would cycle through a chart. Over time, investors were supposed to be paid out of new investors’ deposits.

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The scheme was uncovered when it came to a point where no new investors were joining and most participants wound up losing all of their money.

During the ensuing investigation, Skupin’s laptop was searched for evidence in the Ponzi scheme case, which is when authorities discovered images of underage children in sexual situations.

In November, Skupin pleaded guilty to one count of larceny by conversion, agreeing to pay $30,000 in restitution to his victims.

Now, in addition to the sentence in his Ponzi scheme case, Skupin has been sentenced to 1 to 4 years in prison, will have to register as a sex offender, and is not allowed to use a computer outside of work purposes.

CBS Detroit reported that Oakland County Judge Wendy Potts took Skupin to task for not admitting to any wrongdoing as she handed down his sentence:

“Your own lengthy statement regarding your criminal activity was disturbing, and it shows a lack of remorse or acceptance of responsibility.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette also said in a statement:

“Today's sentencing is a strong message to those who prey on children: no matter who you are or what you do, we will find you. The act of downloading and viewing images of children in sexually abusive situations is reprehensible, this behavior re-victimizes the child victims over and over.”

Skupin has not made a public statement regarding his conviction.

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