The Tax Evasion Story of “Girls Gone Wild” Founder Joe Francis

Joseph R. Francis, or Joe Francis, is the famous creator of the popular Girls Gone Wild franchise. If you’re not familiar, the franchise includes videos where the crew of the show visits college parties and engages with students. The students are always women, and they are asked to do ‘wild’ things that typically involve them exposing their bodies.

Besides the show, Joe Francis is an otherwise unsuccessful entrepreneur and film producer. On top of that, he is mostly known for being convicted numerous times for a wide variety of tax-related crimes, and many others more serious ones:

  • Tax evasion
  • Record-keeping violations
  • Assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Dissuading a witness
  • And even prostitution and child abuse, for which he pleaded no contest

With such a controversial and, in many opinions, distasteful show, it’s no wonder that Joe has had many troubles with the law, including those with the IRS. However, we wanted to cover his tax evasion story. If we were too focused on all of his misdemeanors, the article would probably reach novel-length!

Joe Francis Evades Taxes Unsuccessfully

Joe Francis’ IRS problems began in 2003 when the officials attempted to halt his show from filming. He ended up suing those officials, but they then arrested him for racketeering. He was released on bail, and later in 2007, he was released from most charges. Unfortunately for his financial wellbeing, he pleaded guilty to record-keeping violations, and he had to pay $1.6 million in fines and do community service.

However, this was just the beginning. Besides the civil issues with many people who were allegedly wronged by him, he had other problems as well. 

In 2007, he faced a grand jury for two counts of tax evasion. The IRS accused him of claiming more than $20 million in false deductions from his company, just for the years 2002 and 2003. The case dragged on, and it was only in 2008 that he first pleaded not guilty. During the trial, his attorney defended him by stating that Joe’s former accountant filed the tax returns in question. 

This defense worked for a while. But in the end, Francis had to plead guilty for filing a false return and for bribery. He didn’t have to serve any time, and the judge accepted his plea to compensate the IRS. Joe only had to pay a total of $250,000 in restitution. 

Besides this, he had many other encounters with the law. Many people hated him and accused him of all sorts of things. Joe often publicly insulted most of these people, and in many cases, the juries that convicted him. His personality didn’t help his issues, which continued for a long time. 

Problems Have to End at Some Point!

So, how did his story end? Well, he and his company GGW Brands, filed for bankruptcy in 2013. He failed to heed the instructions of the court, and an arrest warrant was issued for him. However, just like in the movies, Francis fled to Mexico with his girlfriend and their daughters. As there is no extradition between Mexico and the US for what he is charged, he won’t be brought back to the US.

It seems that Joe won this one, but you should never think that this is something that most of us can achieve! So, if you have troubles with the IRS, don’t try to escape, just call Golden Tax Relief! We can help you find the right, legal way to solve your problems.

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