Hey, it's how they finally got Al Capone, so here's hoping that the tax evasion charges Joe Francis was hit with on Wednesday keep him behind bars for a while. The Girls Gone Wild "porntrepreneur" is already doing a quick stint in a Florida jail for criminal contempt of court, but these charges could keep him in the slammer for up to ten years.
The indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in Reno, Nevada, and accuses Francis of deducting more than $20 million in false buisness expenses on his 2002 and 2003 corporate income tax returns, stashing revenue in offshore bank accounts and doing a bunch of other stuff that you're really not supposed to do on your taxes (which are due in THREE DAYS, people, so get to it!).
A hearing is scheduled for May 22 in Reno. If he's convicted, Francis could do up to ten years in prison and be forced to pay fines of up to $500,000.
And, although it's apropos of nothing in this context, I'm loathe to write an article about Joe Francis without reminding everyone that he's a dirty awful rapist who I truly hope gets a taste of his own medicine in the slammer.
Celebrity gossip with an evil twist.