Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra is a free man, after a number of years in which he was entangled with the law, according to myfoxphilly.com via the AP. Dykstra completed a 6 and a half month term stemming from bankruptcy fraud, more specifically, he hid or destroyed valuables such as baseball memorabilia from the courts hoping to not be made to part with them or to not see them in others’ hands.
He had been serving time in a California prison, having had issue with the law including grand theft auto, falsifying financial statements, and, as stated, committing bankruptcy fraud.
Dykstra has made a series of bad financial decisions setting up ill-planned investment clubs and defrauding clients out of millions. At the time of his auto theft, drug possession was also cited but that charge was not pursued by prosecutors. He was also forthright in admitting that he took steroids in the height of the juiced era of Major League Baseball.
Lenny Dykstra was part of the renown 1986 World Champion New York Mets, was a 3-time All Star, and runner up for the 1993 MVP with Philadelphia Phillies.
According to the AP/MyFoxPhilly.com article, his release is subject to several probation conditions:
Dykstra is now on three years’ probation and must complete 500 hours of community service, participate in a substance abuse treatment program and pay $200,000 in restitution.
So beyond that what’s next for Dykstra? I would hope he would have learned his lesson and might work his way back to financial stability via means that don’t include shady investments, drugs, and fraud. I do bet we haven’t heard the last of him!
- David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)
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