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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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16.

Rockport D    

Joe always wins! He always wins!

1033 days ago
17.

Cujeaux    

Joe, Joe, Joe... what a pathetic twink you are with your spray tan, lip gloss, porcelain veneers and hair gel.
Why not get into therapy so you can get down to brass tacks with what the real problem is.

1033 days ago
18.

bring back recent posts    

......this dude is as creepy as they get...his karma is around the corner..and ...Wynn couldn't give a craps azz about this dude...who is he fooling..snakes don't change their skin...save ur coin dude..ur creepola and time is up..r u a daddy????? hope not!!!! don't even care to research

1033 days ago
19.

NobodySpecial    

Somebody got to teach this guy a lesson.

1033 days ago
20.

Robert    

Have you seen the movies Casino and Goodfellas ? You don't mess with Las Vegas casinos or Steve Wynn. He is going to end up in a hole in the desert one day. He still owes Steve Wynn 2 and a half million dollars.

1033 days ago
21.

TheUltraworld    

I'm amazed at this guys ability to stay out of jail. How do you get out of paying a $2m gambling debt?

1033 days ago
22.

Walter    

How does Francis still have any money. When was (thankfully) the last time anybody saw an ad for, or heard about, GGW?

1033 days ago
23.

Kelly    

TMZ, has he paid Steve Wynn for the $2.5 million gambling marker?
Joe Francis says he's going to after Wynn, lol how arrogant the slimy snilving creep is.

1033 days ago
24.

Doppleganger    

Im so happy for Mr. Francis. That Steve Wynn is a s***bag. Good luck on your lawsuit Joe!

1033 days ago
25.

hopper33    

Joe Francis is a tool.

1033 days ago
26.

ManiacalZebra    

Dropping charges doesn't mean "innocent." And has he paid back the money yet?

1033 days ago
27.

dman    

So few comments on this story tell you what people think of this d-bag supreme. I think Rocky D and Prince L are on the douche bags payroll. How anyone could defend him is unthinkable.

1033 days ago
28.

JAN    

Wynn is going to make him disappear now. GOOD RIDDANCE!

1033 days ago
29.

Steinmann    

Wynn will get his money at some point. Francis probably won't know it until after it happens.

1033 days ago
30.

Sherms    

His teeth HAVE to be veneers, right??? They just look weird. Kinda creepy and way too white.

1032 days ago
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