Girls Gone Wild associate fined $5,000; no prison
RENO, Nev. (AP) - March 8, 2010 -- A Hollywood associate of Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has been fined $5,000 but spared prison time for his role in the bribery of jail guards to help Francis when he was held in Reno on tax evasion charges in 2007.
Aaron Weinstein originally faced a felony bribery charge but agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of providing contraband in prison.
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks told Weinstein Monday he avoided prison partly because he cooperated with authorities in prosecuting Francis and two guards who acknowledged accepting thousands of dollars in cash and gifts.
Ex-Washoe County deputy Ralph Hawkins was sentenced in December to three years probation and fined $4,000 for accepting cash and tickets to Raiders games from Weinstein.
joe francis, entertainment
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