PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that the multimillionaire founder of the Girls Gone Wild empire should be sent to Nevada to face charges there once he finishes serving a jail sentence in Florida.
Joe Francis should be released from Bay County custody Tuesday after serving a 35-day sentence for contempt of court. Florida prosecutors want Francis to remain in custody for unresolved 2003 criminal charges involving filming minors in sexual situations on Panama City beach.
But Federal Magistrate Judge Larry Biddeford ruled that Francis should first face federal tax evasion charges in Reno, Nevada.
A spokesman for State Attorney Steve Meadows said the state would appeal Bodiford's ruling to U-S District Judge Richard Smoak.
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