Like crocuses, Justice Department press releases detailing prosecutions for tax evasion seem to proliferate in early spring, usually just before the the bulk of tax returns are to be filed. This year was no different.

There was one release entitled, “Creator of Girls Gone Wild Indicted for Tax Evasion,” announcing an indictment charging Joseph Francis with tax evasion. The indictment alleges that Francis, whose companies Mantra Films Inc. and Sands Media Inc. produce and sell the Girls Gone Wild videotapes and DVDs, deducted more than $20 million in false business expenses on the companies’ 2002 and 2003 corporate income tax returns.

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