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Ex-Idol Bucky -- ACCUSED Of $1,500 Cash Grab

7/24/2011 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "American Idol" wannabe Bucky Covington has been accused of one of the most UN-AMERICAN crimes ever ... stealing $1,500 from a guy during a 4th of July week concert ... but Bucky says it just ain't so!!!

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Bucky -- who placed 8th on "Idol" back in 2006 -- was set to perform at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach, Florida on June 30 as part of a July 4 NASCAR race week celebration ... when the promoter suffered chest pains and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

With the promoter out of the picture, Bucky allegedly saw an opportunity to raid the cash box -- and instructed his brother and his brother's wife to pull off a snatch and grab.

The promoter filed a police report, obtained by TMZ, claiming the Covington gang made off with roughly $1,500 bucks that night ... which they refuse to give back.

TMZ spoke to Bucky ... who adamantly denies the allegations ... but adds, "I'm just glad I'm big enough to be on TMZ! Thanks!"

An investigation into the alleged incident is ongoing.

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shelby    

what you are seeking "ersh" is someone you can scam money from, your posting says a lot about you.

1005 days ago
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Scott    

GO AWAY AMERICAN KAREOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1005 days ago
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Kari    

Anyone is big enough to be on TMZ when they do stupid thing like this!! Bucky thinks being called a thief is ok, since he's on TMZ? So--does he think this is going to help his already so-so "career"? Nobody will hire him now.

1005 days ago
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Pickle8182    

With a name like Bucky, is anyone surprised?

1005 days ago
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pancake    

Who? they arrested a guy for stealing chickens in bayamon . just wana share some news with you tmz cause it seems you ran out

1005 days ago
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jackmama311    

what a douce.

1005 days ago
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LYNN    

I have known Bucky and his brother for years. They are honest people, who wouldn't have done this. For just $1500? Please. Before they would even THINK about doing something like this, they would come home and WORK at home, at their Dad's garage. They can make an honest living without stealing. They are honest people.

1005 days ago
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Shread    

Great! Just what we need. More news about White Trash uneducated morons.

1005 days ago
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Hobowithashotgun    

He needs to start smoking crack and get on Celebrity Rehab

1005 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

He thinks he's BIG because he's on TMZ? If you EVER appeared on television in ANY capacity, and are accused of ANY crime (including jaywalking), you can appear on TMZ!

1005 days ago
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TheHOLETruth    

...big enough to be on TMZ. TMZ will sensationalize a traffic light.

1004 days ago
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brookeym    

Billy Joel Covington. Ha.

1004 days ago
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Cookie    

I was at this show. The promoter did a lousy job with promoting the show because neither one of the two country stations near Daytona were sponsors. The show was held on a Thursday night and the crowd was about 1/10 of what was expected. Before Bucky even came on, all the security guys had left because they were not paid. The girls selling T-shirts were not paid. To my knowledge, none of the six bands that performed were paid so the promoter lost money. Despite the fact that Bucky knew he was not going to get paid, he went ahead and performed anyway. I am sure what the promoter told him was that he would at least get them gas money for the bus. The promoter was seen putting the money from the box in his pocket way before he went to the hospital. I think he got the majority of the money and thinks he can extort Bucky for more money. Check with the bands that were there. None of them were paid and the alleged $1500 would not have been enough to pay them all.

1004 days ago
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Pizzi    

I find this very hard to believe and as Lynn said, Bucky and family, are true honest hard working Americans. They are God loved people and would not have done something so foolish. Cookie thanks for posting all your info. Bucky has done so much for a wide variety of charities as well. I've had the pleasure of meeting him and his family over a dozen times they are the true meaning of warm and southern hospitality. If you knew him you wouldn't believe not one bit of it.

1004 days ago
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feebee    

Bucky you're RICH, just give the guy the money ( guilty or not ) and avoid the bad scandal !! I'ts only only pocket change !

1004 days ago
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