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Joe Francis

Charges DROPPED in

$2.5 Mil Gambling Fight

9/14/2011 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chalk up another legal victory for Joe Francis -- a Nevada court has ruled the "Girls Gone Wild" honcho WILL NOT be prosecuted for allegedly plotting to screw Steve Wynn out of a $2.5 million gambling marker.

It all dates back to an incident in 2007 -- when Francis took out the marker at the Wynn Las Vegas ... and failed to pay it back.  Wynn reported the incident to officials ... and the State of Nevada later charged Francis with theft and drawing and passing a check without sufficient funds.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, prosecutors admitted Francis HAD enough cash to cover the marker at the time -- but before Wynn tried to collect, Joe's accounts "may have been frozen by the government in connection with a federal tax prosecution."

Therefore, the court ruled prosecutors could no longer move forward with the case because they couldn't prove Joe "intended to default on the marker" ... a required element of the charged offenses.

In fact, the evidence shows Joe PROBABLY would have paid the money back ... if he could've.

TMZ spoke with Joe ... who tells us, "I think it is absolutely disgusting what Steve Wynn and his cohorts tried to do to me."

He adds, "I have now been found innocent by a Las Vegas judge and a court of law, and I am so happy to put this behind me ... but you better believe I will go after Steve Wynn personally and the Wynn casino for every dime this has cost me."

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Rogue Warrior    

Joicent!

948 days ago
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AntiSocialForum.com    

Joe Francis is a bum

948 days ago
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INeedFacebookFriends.com    

$2.5 million can still buy a lot of douche bags. Then Francis can talk to something a lot like him.

948 days ago
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sfd    

So has he paid the money he owes on his marker yet?

948 days ago
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JoeFrancis    

Don't hate the playa, hate the system.

948 days ago
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don juan    

this guy has 9 lives

948 days ago
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Bobo Frog    

That picture is hilarious. It's like a poster for "Douchebags: The Movie"

948 days ago
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RockyD    

Joe always wins. He always wins!

948 days ago
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RockyD    

I've watched for years as people try to drag Joe down. It never works. He's too good looking and too successful for most people. They want to "get" him and it just doesn't happen!

948 days ago
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RockyD    

Congratulations, Joe! You always win!

948 days ago
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John_Dunkel    

I guess it's what you call a Wynn Win for Joe Francis.

948 days ago
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erikistired    

wait. you owe them 2.5 million that you couldn't pay back because your assets were frozen, and you're going after THEM because they tried to get their money back? is this guy high?

948 days ago
13.

Ann    

He's about as sheisty as they come.

948 days ago
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Prince L    

Congratulations, Joe! Keep winning! You're an inspiration!

947 days ago
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Prince L    

It's so funny to watch people go after Joe Francis. They always fail. They're jealous. I'd trade places with Joe any day!

947 days ago
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