Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty Friday to bankruptcy fraud
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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.”

 





6 Responses to Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

  • kyle says:

    If he killed someone, he would have 300 lawyers and would get out of jail in 2 years or less for good behavior… this justice system is whack… fine the guy and take money out of his paychecks or something… rediculous america… the place where money is the most important thing … and they will put you in a cage for 20 years if you didnt give them all of it

    • Chambers says:

      Kyle, I don’t believe that’s a fair assessment. I didn’t follow Dykstra’s case very closely, but they probably had significant evidence against him. There are laws that must be followed in order for our society to function. If Dykstra intentionally violated these laws, he should pay the price.

    • Lenny says:

      Well said, He sold things that were his, big deal, He lost so much money and always gave 100% to make it. Big Philly fan and loved watching him play.

    • rex says:

      SI did an article on him, he did a bunch of crimes, he got off very light. think story said mortgage fraud, car theft, ID theft. perhaps due too his past fame he got off light. thing is he did a series of crimes and kept doing them. hope he doesn’t have access to a computer in prison, or may have more victims. . you and I would have got a lot worse for doing less. 30 yrs doesn’t mean he will serve 30 yrs.

  • Don Sam says:

    Wow, 20 years in prison sounds very excessive, he owes 30 million only hid about 400 thousand dollars. This should only carry 6 years in prison, yes there are law we need to follow, but people do far worse and get far less time if at all. He was a good player back in the day but drugs and partying hard life style has made him sorry former star.

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