Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty Friday to bankruptcy fraud. Dykstra, who’s had an array of problems over the years, faces 20 years in prison for hiding and selling sports memorabilia and other items that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.
The 49-year-old Dykstra entered his plea in U.S. District Court to one count each of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering. This comes after previously pleading to no contest to grand theft auto and exposing himself to women he met through Craigslist.
Dykstra filed for bankruptcy three years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets. After the filing, Dykstra hid, sold and destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee, according to prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr had this to say:
“Mr. Dykstra’s days of playing games with the public and the legal system are over.”
“These convictions should serve as a cautionary tale of a high-flying sports celebrity who tried to manipulate and exploit both his creditors and the bankruptcy laws.”