"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis won his release from a Nevada jail on Monday so he can return to Florida to answer charges stemming from a five-year-old case involving the filming of underage girls.

His lawyer told a federal judge in Reno that Francis will travel to the East Coast on Tuesday, and appear in a Panama City, Fla., courtroom the following day to resolve charges from the 2003 filming of girls during spring break.

Francis has been jailed since last year in Nevada, where he faces federal tax evasion charges.

During a brief hearing before U.S. Magistrate Robert McQuaid, defense lawyer Fred Atcheson gave the court a $1.5 million cashier's check to cover Francis' bail on tax evasion charges, and assured the judge that condition required for his release would be met.

Francis, 34, has been jailed on both sides of the country for nearly a year, caught in a tug-of-war between federal prosecutors in Nevada and state attorneys in Florida.

Francis has amassed a fortune marketing videos of young women, posing bare-breasted and in other provocative poses.

His legal troubles began five years ago in Panama City, where he still faces four felony and two misdemeanor charges -- all that remain from an initial 73-count indictment stemming from the spring break filming. His lawyers contend the underage women lied about their ages to an independent camera operator, and that none of the footage was used.

A federal grand jury in Reno last April indicted Francis and his companies, Mantra Films Inc. and Sands Media Inc., on tax fraud charges.

The government alleges the companies claimed more than $20 million in phony deductions in 2002 and 2003, and that Francis used offshore accounts to conceal income.

That trial is set for August. If convicted, Francis could face up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.