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Lenny Dykstra Pleads Not Guilty to Grand Theft, Drug Charges

June 16, 2011

(Updates with next scheduled court appearance in second paragraph.)

June 16 (Bloomberg) -- Lenny Dykstra, the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder, pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to lease cars using phony business and credit information and drug possession charges.

Dykstra entered a not guilty plea today at an arraignment hearing in San Fernando Superior Court, Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, said in a telephone interview. The former baseball player is due back in court July 11 to set a date for a preliminary hearing, Robison said.

Dykstra, 48, and two co-defendants are accused of trying to lease cars from several dealerships with fraudulent information starting in January. When he was arrested April 14, Los Angeles police detectives found cocaine, ecstasy and a synthetic human growth hormone at his home in Encino, California, according to the district attorney’s office.

Andrew Flier, a lawyer for Dykstra, didn’t immediately return a call to his office.

On June 13, Dykstra pleaded not guilty in a separate federal case to charges he stole or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of property from his bankrupt estate.

Dykstra faces as long as 12 years in prison if convicted on the grand theft, attempted grand theft, drug and other charges, according to the district attorney’s office. He remains in custody on $500,000 bail.

The case is the People v. Dykstra, PA070678, Los Angeles County Superior Court (San Fernando).

--Editors: Mary Romano, Stephen Farr

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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