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Ex-Idol Bucky Covington

OFF THE HOOK

In Cash Grab Case

8/30/2011 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"American Idol" reject  Bucky Covington won't be prosecuted for allegedly jacking $1,500 from a bar back in June -- after the Florida Attorney General's Office decided there wasn't enough evidence to make a successful case against him.

TMZ broke the story -- an event promoter accused Bucky of calling the shots in the alleged theft -- and ordering his brother and sister-in-law to snatch $1,500 from the cash box at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Authorities conducted an investigation, but the Attorney General's Office decided not to pursue the case -- saying, "The prosecutor determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Covington beyond a reasonable doubt at trial."

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