Girls Gone Wild-Bribes

RENO, Nev. -- Federal prosecutors in Nevada have announced indictments in an alleged bribery scheme involving "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis' treatment while in jail.

The government says gifts and payments were made in exchange for preferential treatment of Francis while he was in the Washoe County jail.

A grand jury indictment does not name Francis.

Aaron Weinstein, a California man who was the executive producer of some of Francis' soft porn videos, is charged with providing more than $12,000 and gifts including Oakland Raiders tickets in 2007.

A former Washoe County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty to charges July 17 and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 21.

A former sheriff's sergeant and a former jail employee also face charges.

A lawyer representing Francis in another pending case denied that any bribes were made.


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