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Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty in bankruptcy fraud case

Jul 14, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California Reuters

Lenny Dykstra’s legal problems continue to mount, as the Associated Press reports that the former All-Star outfielder pleaded guilty Friday to three counts related to a bankruptcy fraud case in Los Angeles. He could face a maximum 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced on December 3.

According to Reuters, Dykstra admitted defrauding creditors by declaring bankruptcy in 2009 and then stealing or destroying furnishings, baseball memorabilia and other property from his $18.5 million mansion. He also admitted to giving false or misleading testimony about what was removed from the home.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Dykstra has waived his right to appeal if he is sentenced to no more than 51 months in prison and $200,000 in restitution.

Dykstra is already serving a three-year prison sentence in California after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. In April, he was sentenced to nine months in jail and 36 months probation after pleading no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct.

  1. locolos - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    That is an avalanche !!! Could he be any worse off. I guess if he was caught smuggling drugs through the Mexican border.

    • kkolchak - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      It could only be worse if they found child porn on his computer.

  2. raysfan1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Okay, here’s rooting for a 51 month sentence with a $200k fine since he can’t appeal that and spend more taxpayer money. I would then like an order that all 3 sentences be served consecutively and fully. See you in 8 years, Lenny.

  3. kkolchak - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    “stealing or destroying furnishings, baseball memorabilia and other property from his $18.5 million mansion.”

    This is why I have no sympathy for star athletes who end up broke. Most of them have no business sense (cough, cough…Curt Schilling…cough, cough), yet they think just because they were great ballplayers that they are experts in every other field of life. Just put your money in CDs and live sensibly, you morons, and then you won’t end up broke, bankrupt and maybe in prison.

    • hardjudge - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Well put it in something, like gold or silver or land. With the current inflation rate at about 100 %(if you’ve been to the grocery store lately you’ll understand) CDs will be worthless shortly.

      • Reflex - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        While you may have something with land given its current depressed value, precious metals are at multi-decade highs right now. Investing in those would be incredibly foolish as they will inevitably crash.

        Also, inflation is almost negligible right now, while some prices have gone up in food, its more than countered by huge drops in prices elsewhere(which in fact is concerning economists). Cost of living has gone down on average over the past few years even if some specific items have gone up.

      • kkolchak - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        Gold, silver and land would be good investments IF you know what you are doing.

      • hardjudge - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Reflex, you just keep believing government lies.

      • cleverbob - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Lol, keep buying shiny metal at ridiculously inflated prices.

      • hardjudge - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        You should have bought in 2000 and 2001 when I did.

  4. bigleagues - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Poor Cutter. Everytime a reporter or talk show host calls he wants to believe they are calling to talk about his career. And it always starts out that way until a backdoor slider question like “does your Dad offer you advice and support?” always slips in for a strike.

    . . . although he may have gotten himself on the mid-level prospect track as a middle infielder with his season at Hagerstown this year.

    .293, 18 Dbl, 44 R, 44 RBI, 25 SB, .774 OPS

    • hardjudge - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      for the ignorant, who’s Poor Cutter?

      • bigleagues - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Lenny’s 22-year old son who plays for Low-A Hagerstown in the Nat’s system.

    • kkolchak - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      Cutter is 23 and playing in low A ball. His prospect days have come and gone. Best he can probably hope for at this point is a cup of coffe at the MLB level.

      @hardjudge – Cutter is Lenny’s son and plays for the Nats Low A affiliate in hagerstown, MD.

      • hardjudge - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Thank you! Never followed Lenny so didn’t know. Hope he makes it so he can support his dad.

  5. brandeditems8 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Let this be a lesson to Americans. If you defraud a bank, then you will go down and do hard time. If, however, you are a bank and you defraud the entire nation, then absolutely nothing will happen to you and you will even get a bonus. Banks are the new feudal masters. How long until they invoke the right of first night?

  6. mybrunoblog - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I used to like Dykstra when he played. Sadly, we now know that Dykstra is a total scumbag on so many levels. Let him rot in jail. I have no pity for this guy.

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