Girls Gone Wild and Joe Francis is a scumbag

Scumbag is somewhat a harsh word. However, I can’t help but use it when I think of Joe Francis. For those of you that don’t know who Joe Francis is, good for you. If you have ever been up late at night watching random TV, it is tough to not know who Joe Francis is or at the very least, not know what his company is about.

Joe Francis started “Girls Gone Wild”. What is “Girls Gone Wild”? Never watching a full video myself, the most I can gather is that Joe Francis somehow finds slutty girls, convinces them to take their clothes off and do an assortment of activities. Slutty sounds harsh as well but it seems to fit the description today. Of course the girls they show in the commercials look quite happy but I still think the guy is a scumbag.

The IRS is accusing Joe Francis of concealing millions in income. There is some argument that is being made that his accountants filed his taxes and he never saw the tax returns so of course, he has no idea whether they were filed correctly. After all, he is counting on the hired help, right?  Hmm. I just find that hard to believe. Perhaps I am tying his business practices to the idea that it wouldn’t shock me if the guy hid all of his money. In any event, what is interesting is that the legal argument being made is that the accountants themselves contacted the IRS seeking money for bonuses based on the fact that they (meaning the accountants) reported their own “accounting mistakes”. To that end, this is a case of “rat-out-your-neighbor-program” and poor Joe Francis, he just got stuck in the middle of it. Interesting isn’t it. I don’t know a lot of accountants that willingly turn themselves into the IRS for mistakes they made. The prize is that the accountants can receive 15% to 30% of the money actually recovered from the government. Yes, an accountant could in fact make a mistake and try to make a profit off of a mistake. I am assuming these “mistakes” are public knowledge so why would an accountant want to go around acknowledging their mistakes?

This is a clear case of where you are not supposed to take a person’s character into account when deciding on the legal issues. It is a bit difficult not to in this case, at least for me. Francis’ lawyer is the same guy who got Wesley Snipes off when he was charged with tax evasion (“off” as in, he didn’t need to spend time in prison and was just charged with three misdemeanors). I am sure this case won’t be any different but for a scumbag like Joe Francis, I am sure hoping for a different outcome.

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