Joe Francis, founder of the Girls Gone Wild video series, pleaded not guilty to two counts of federal tax evasion, saying he was being victimized by the Internal Revenue Service's whistleblower program.

Francis claimed over $20 million in phony business expenses on his corporate tax returns, according to the indictment, including $3.8 million for a house in Mexico and $10.4 million in consulting charges. He allegedly transferred $15 million from an offshore bank account to a California brokerage account named after a Cayman Islands business he controlled.

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