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Girls Gone Wild Founder Arrested, Again

Feb. 3 2009, Published 3:28 p.m. ET

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U.S. marshals arrested Girls Gone Wild sleazebag Joe Francis in Los Angeles on Monday after he arrived five hours late to a court hearing involving a request by his law firm to withdraw as his legal counsel in a tax case.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued a warrant for Francis' arrest on Monday morning when he failed to appear for the hearing at the set time. Francis finally arrived at the hearing in the afternoon, saying he was suffering from the flu, and U.S. marshals arrested him.

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He faces charges in a tax evasion case which was filed in 2007 by authorities in Nevada but transferred to L.A. because that's where he lives. Francis is accused of failing to pay taxes on more than $20 million in business expenses. The tax trial is due to start in March. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Poor Joe.

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