You ever have one of those days which starts off with some really good news? You know, something that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling? That is the kind of feeling I had when I saw that Joe Francis had been sent to jail without passing GO by a federal judge. I love federal judges. Sure, some of you may think they try to legislate, but the fact is they are appointed for life and they can pretty much do whatever the hell they want to do with no repercussions. So, when Joe decided that he had better things to do than show up for a hearing at the federal courthouse in LA yesterday, the judge was not pleased. When Joe finally walked into the hearing passing out GGW t-shirts and videos the judge sent him to jail.
Now, Joe wasn't actually passing out t-shirts and videos. Hell, as far as I know there weren't even camera crews outside looking for people to show their breasts for a keychain, but I do know that the judge didn't buy Joe's story that he had the flu.
The reason Joe was in court yesterday was that he is accused of claiming more than $20 million in bogus business expenses on his corporate tax returns, including $3.8 million for a home in Mexico and $10.4 million in phony consulting services. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of federal tax evasion.
Now, I am no tax expert, but cheating the federal government out of $20M in taxes would get him a few years in jail if he is convicted. See, the way things work is that if he had cheated you or me out of $20M or even the American tax payer indirectly he would get nothing done to him. But screw the government out of money they are owed and you go to jail for a very long time. Then of course there will be opportunities inside jail for Joe to break even more laws. I only wish we could figure out a way to deport him or have him share a cell with Darnell. Could you imagine the smiles all across the world of parents everywhere if Darnell got to share a cell with Joe. Darnell of course is the guy who decided to sexually assault Joe in his home and make him do all kinds of things for a video camera. I'm also sad that Darnell didn't have the money of a Joe Francis so he could have got a better sentence.
Don't you just love when people think they are better than everyone else and then actually get called on it? Joe probably thought he was a big hot shot and nothing would happen to him. He guessed wrong.