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Joe Francis, second suspect tied to false imprisonment case

August 23, 2011 |  7:27 am

Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild A second suspect has surrendered to authorities in a misdemeanor false imprisonment case involving "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis.

Francis turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division on Monday night in connection with the case, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Francis, who created the popular "Girls Gone Wild" videos, arrived at the Pacific Division station accompanied by an attorney and bail bondsman, the source said.

He is expected to be booked and released on $50,000 bail.

Details of the case were not immediately available.

A second suspect, identified by police as Vagram Gegzdhyan, of Valley Village, also surrendered to the LAPD.

He turned himself in early Tuesday, police said.

In 2009, Francis pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of filing false tax returns in which he withheld $500,000 in interest income and of bribing jail workers for food by giving them as much as $5,000 in goods. He was also ordered to pay nearly $250,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.


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Photo: Joe Francis. Credit: Los Angeles Times