United States Department of Justice

Criminal Division Press Releases for September 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

“Girls Gone Wild” Founder Joseph Francis Pleads Guilty in Sexual Exploitation Case (06-644)

Joseph Francis, founder, CEO and sole shareholder of two California companies doing business under the name “Girls Gone Wild,” has pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to create and maintain age and identity documents for performers in sexually explicit films produced and distributed by Girls Gone Wild, as required by federal law, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Congressman Robert W. Ney Agrees to Plead Guilty to Charges Involving Corruption and False Statements (06-622)

Congressman Robert W. Ney has agreed to plead guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit multiple offenses—including honest services fraud, making false statements, and violations of his former chief of staff‘s one-year lobbying ban—and with making false statements to the U.S. House of Representatives, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Former Political Fundraiser Thomas Noe Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Illegal Campaign Contributions (06-615)

WASHINGTON — Former political fundraiser Thomas W. Noe was sentenced to 27 months in prison for conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions, (Read more)

Justice Department Announces Guilty Plea In Peer-to-Peer Piracy Crackdown (06-611)

WASHINGTON — An Erie, Pa. man pleaded guilty to copyright infringement in U.S. District Court in Erie, (Read more)

′Girls Gone Wild‘ Pleads Guilty In Sexual Exploitation Case (06-610)

WASHINGTON — A California company doing business under the name “Girls Gone Wild” has pleaded guilty to charges that it failed to create and maintain age and identity documents for performers in sexually explicit films that it produced and distributed, and that it failed to label its DVDs and videotapes as required by federal law, (Read more)

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