Girls Gone Wild associate in trouble

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Hollywood associate of Girls Gone Wild
founder Joe Francis has been fined $5,000 but spared prison time
for his role in the bribery of jail guards to help Francis when he
was held in Reno on tax evasion charges in 2007.

Aaron Weinstein originally faced a felony bribery charge but
agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of providing contraband in
prison.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks told Weinstein Monday he avoided
prison partly because he cooperated with authorities in prosecuting
Francis and two guards who acknowledged accepting thousands of
dollars in cash and gifts.

Ex-Washoe County deputy Ralph Hawkins was sentenced in December
to three years probation and fined $4,000 for accepting cash and
tickets to Raiders games from Weinstein.

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