Chris Daugherty survived the CBS show "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire" and took home the $1 million prize. Now he has survived a state investigation into an unauthorized leave of absence from his $34,000-a-year job with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The 35-year-old Daugherty didn't survive the investigation unscathed, however. Transportation Director Gordon Proctor suspended Daugherty for 20 days for using a phony note from his doctor to take leave last fall for a promotional tour for "Survivor."
A contract Daugherty signed with CBS required him to attend a 2-week promotional tour in Germany and Italy last year, but his requests for a leave were denied because he had used up almost all of his vacation and sick time.
The investigation determined that Daugherty next went to a doctor in London, Ohio, who said Daugherty was suffering from anxiety and depression and needed an immediate 1-month leave.
Investigators concluded that the medical excuse was phony, in part because the medical leave letter he sent through interoffice mail was dated the day before he visited the doctor.
A letter announcing Daugherty's suspension warned him that "future infractions may result in further disciplinary action up to, and including, termination."