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Joe Francis pleads not guilty to tax charges

Tbdfrancis060607 And where is Joe Francis today? The AP says the Girls Gone Wild purveyor was in Reno, Nev., after pleading not guilty to tax evasion charges. He’s been deemed a flight risk, so his bail was set at $1.5-million and has to surrender his passport and private jet.

Once all that’s worked out, he still faces charges here in Florida of featuring minors in 2003 recordings and then smuggling contraband into his Bay County jail cell in April. The Florida State Attorney’s Office says there is an outstanding motion to revoke his bond on six felony counts of conspiracy, prostitution and that pesky minors charge. B

ut give him credit: 40 of the 46 charges against him were dismissed in January. Of course, he could still get 40 years in prison, but who’s counting?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:13am]


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