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Lenny Dykstra to Enter Plea in Bankruptcy Fraud Case

June 27, 2012

Lenny Dykstra, the ex-New York Mets outfielder accused of looting his $18 million mansion of valuables after he filed for bankruptcy, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

A sealed plea agreement was filed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles. The court docket didn’t show a date for a change of plea hearing.

Dykstra, 49, is already serving a three-year term for grand theft auto and a concurrent 270-day sentence for lewd conduct and assault. He was scheduled to go on trial next month on the bankruptcy fraud charges. Prosecutors accused him of taking $400,000 worth of fixtures, including chandeliers, mirrors and a stove, from his mansion in 2009 and secretly selling them.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the plea agreement. Christopher Dybwad, a federal public defender representing Dykstra, didn’t immediately return a call to his office yesterday seeking comment.

Dykstra, known as “Nails,” joined the Mets in 1985 and helped the team win the World Series the following year. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1989 to 1996.

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The outfielder finished second to Barry Bonds in National League Most Valuable Player Award voting in 1993, when the Phillies reached the World Series to face the Toronto Blue Jays. Dykstra had a career batting average of .285, with 81 home runs and 404 runs batted in, according to baseball-reference.com.

In April, federal prosecutors added new charges accusing Dykstra of embezzling baseball equipment “purported to be World Series-related.” The gloves, balls, bats, batting gloves, helmet and shoes that Dykstra was accused of selling illegally were part of his bankrupt estate, according to the indictment.

Dykstra faced as long as 95 years in prison if he had been convicted of all bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice and money laundering charges brought against him.

The case is U.S. v. Dykstra, 11-00415, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

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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