December 18, 2014
The tax evasion trial of "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has been moved to Los Angeles by a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Brian Sandoval granted the change of venue from Reno, saying it was justified because Francis and all but a few of those expected to testify live in Southern California.
Francis and his companies, Mantra Films Inc. and Sands Media Inc., were indicted last April by a federal grand jury on two counts of tax evasion.
The 35-yera-old Francis has built a soft porn empire filming and marketing videos of young women exposing their breasts and being
shown in other sexually provocative situations.
Federal prosecutors allege the companies claimed more than $20 mllion in phony deductions in those years, and that Francis used offshore accounts to conceal income.
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