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Joe Francis Indicted for Gambling Debt

3 February 2011 by admin

joe-francis-mug-shot_236x310The downside to being a total sleaze who makes a living off of morally reprehensible behavior is that it tends to get you into trouble. Joe Francis, the founder of Girls Gone Wild, is in trouble again, this time for a gambling debt he refuses to repay.

When not defending himself in court, Francis is best known for his voyeuristic video series that is popular among college students, pedophiles, prosecutors and anyone drunk and watching TV late at night when those commercials come on. Though he has made millions off of Girls Gone Wild – also sometimes called People’s Exhibit A – Francis apparently didn’t have the funds to cover a $2.5 million marker at the Wynn Las Vegas casino.

Back in 2007, Francis allegedly signed markers for $2.5 million, lost the money and didn’t have the funds in his account for the casino to recoup the money. I always advise against taking out markers at a casino, but if you don’t have the money to back them, not only is that foolish, it’s also illegal. Wynn Resorts then took Francis to court, winning the lawsuit in 2009.

Since then, Francis has refused to pay the debt. He says it is because he has appealed the decision and the Nevada Supreme Court has yet to hear the case. Now criminal charges have been filed and on Wednesday, a grand jury agreed to indict him for felony theft and fraud.

Francis told TMZ – the only “news” organization that matches his level of sleaze – that “I’m 100% confident that I will prevail, just like I always do.” By always prevailing, I’m assuming he is not referring to being convicted in 2009 of filing false income tax returns and bribing Nevada jail workers. I doubt he’s referring to his 2008 conviction for child abuse and prostitution charges. He is also probably not referring to any of those times that he has settled out of court with girls who he allegedly included in his videos without their permission.

Francis also says that Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn Resorts, has threatened to kill him and bury him in the desert. Though that used to be how casinos deal with problems, Francis’s word is about as good as most people who make a living convincing teenagers who are inebriated and judgment-impaired to get naked on camera.

This isn’t the only pending case against Francis. In the most recent, an Atlanta federal judge ruled on Tuesday to keep private the names of two underage girls who filed a lawsuit, saying he exploited them in his video by showing them flashing and engaging in sexual activities.

Francis says that “the moral of the story is don’t gamble at the Wynn casinos or this could happen to you.” Only someone with a complete lack of morals can think that is the moral of this story. It’s easy to understand Francis’s mistake, though. Morals aren’t his strong suit.

4 Responses to “Joe Francis Indicted for Gambling Debt”

  1. James says:

    Yeah, the alleged threat by Wynn is pretty funny. If Francis was really afraid for his life, though, as he says, don’t you think he’d pay up? Or maybe Francis’s stubbornness is stronger than his self-preservation.

  2. Devon says:

    Nice counter examples to Francis’ “always prevailing” Sheesh this guy has some hard lesson’s coming his way. He’s more clueless than the poor girls who drink his booze. It’s funny, but I remember part of his false income tax returns was like claiming $50,000 for limes….a legitimate “business” expense no doubt to help wash down the tequila.

    I find it hilarious that he’s telling on Steve Wynn for threatening to bury him in the desert. I find it even funnier that Steve Wynn said this in the fist place. But you know what? I wouldn’t put it past Wynn for a second. That’s how business used to get done in Vegas (and probably still does to a certain extent). As much as Steve Wynn comes across as a nerdy architect and the Bill Gates of Las Vegas, he’s a shrewd businessman, and I wouldn’t put it past him for a second. I don’t believe in vigilante justice (well, maybe I do) but I’m LMAO. Go get yer money Steve.

  3. James says:

    Thanks, Meghan. I totally agree with your opinion of Francis.

  4. Meghan says:

    LMAO!!! This is a great article! What a total deuche bag this guy is!