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Joe Francis Free in Nevada, Still a Wanted Man

6/5/2007 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Francis"Girls Gone Wild" pimpresario Joe Francis is finally a free man in Nevada, but his problems are far from over.

After spending nearly one month in federal custody on charges of federal tax evasion, United States Magistrate Judge Robert A. McQuaid issued an order permitting Francis to be released on $1.5 million bail late Monday afternoon. But as TMZ suggested last week, the win could clear the way for officials in Florida to drag the embattled sexecutive down south to face even more charges, including sexual performance with a minor and bringing contraband into the county jail where he was holed up for a month.

In a statement to TMZ, Francis' lawyer Aaron Dyer said: "We are pleased with today's decision. The Court conducted a very thorough analysis of the facts and determined that Mr. Francis' release is appropriate in this case. The Court ruled that the conditions of Mr. Francis' bail were sufficient to compel Mr. Francis to appear in court and to comply with Court orders. Now this allows us to address the issue of bail in his Florida case."

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