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Joe Francis

Takes On

the United States

11/20/2009 5:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Francis Takes On the United StatesJoe Francis has cojones. He's taking on Uncle Sam in court over a small bill -- around $34,000,000.

TMZ has obtained legal docs Francis filed in federal court, asking a judge to order the feds to release his money the government has frozen.

The IRS issued a tax lien against Francis earlier this month to the tune of $33,819,087.14. According to the new docs, the government went in and froze Joe's accounts over at UBS and Morgan Stanley. Joe told TMZ the accounts total $100 mil.

The "Girls Gone Wild" chief wants the judge to release the money, stat.

Joe says the frozen accounts have put him on the brink of bankruptcy.

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