Joe Francis Arrested in Los Angeles for Tax Evasion

Feb 05th, 2009

What if you could have this boat, this house, this car this spacious jail cell! Founder of the ever popular Girls Gone Wild franchise, Joe Francis, is in big trouble with the courts. Francis was taken into custody for showing up five hours late to his federal tax-evasion case hearing.

Francis was originally expected in court at 8:30 a.m. for a hearing on his attorneys' request to withdraw as his counsel. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero waited 30 minutes for the adult-video entrepreneur to arrive and had his clerk attempt to contact Francis by telephone, with no success.

At that point, Otero issued a warrant for Francis' arrest.

When Francis showed up in Otero's courtroom after 1:30 p.m., indicating he had been suffering from the flu, U.S. marshals cuffed him and took him into custody, said defense attorney Melissa A. Weinberger, whose firm is representing Francis in proceedings stemming from Monday's bench warrant.

"He's been sick as can be," Weinberger said outside court after Francis was arrested, adding that she would immediately attempt to have him released after he is processed by federal marshals. "It looks like the flu."

The hearing that Francis missed was set to consider a request made by his attorneys-of-record, the Bernhoft Law Firm, to withdraw as his legal representatives for his tax evasion trial next month. (source)

February 05th, 2009 by Tags: Joe Francis, trouble, arrested
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