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American Idol Contestant Bucky Covington Accused of Stealing $1,500.00, Denies Charge

2006 American Idol contestant Bucky Covington, who was known for his distinctive country style, was accused of stealing $1,500.00. Covington was scheduled to perform a concert, when the promoter was taken to the hospital for chest pains. According to reports, Covington then told his brother and sister-in-law to take the $1,500.00. Covington denies the charges.

In Nevada, similar acts would likely bring charges of Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. The seriousness of theft charges depends upon the value of the item(s) taken. Theft of items valued at less than $250.00 is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six (6) months in city or county jail. Theft of items between $250.00 and $2,500.00 is a felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. Theft of items valued at more than $2,500.00 is also a felony but is punishable by up to ten (10) years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.

Under some circumstances, a person can be held liable for a theft, even if he or she was not the person who took the property. By suggesting, encouraging, helping or directing someone else to commit a crime, that person is considered equally responsible for the crime as the person committing it. This called "aiding and abetting" liability.

Conspiracy to Commit Theft is an agreement between two or more people to commit an illegal act – theft. To constitute a Conspiracy, there doesn't have to be a verbal agreement. A look, nod or other gesture that suggests an unspoken agreement can, in some circumstances, be sufficient for a prosecutor to try charge Conspiracy. Conspiracy to Commit Theft is a gross-misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one (1) year in county jail.

If you or someone you know is charged with Conspiracy or a Theft-related offense, it is important that you contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. The Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer can assist you analyzing the facts of your case, identifying appropriate defenses and developing the most aggressive litigation strategy possible to protect your legal rights.