Lenny Dykstra Fraud Sentence: Former MLB All-Star Gets Six And A Half Months
Lenny Dykstra’s fraud sentence was handed down on Monday, giving the former All-Star outfielder six and a half months behind bars for trying to defraud a bankruptcy court.
Dkystra’s sentence came after he was convicted of selling sports memorabilia and other items that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing, The Associated Press reported.
In addition to his fraud sentence, Lenny Dykstra will also have to pay $200,000 in restitution and perform 50 hours of community service, US District Judge Dean Pregerson ordered. Dykstra had originally pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and money laundering charges, but saw a break on the 2 1/2-year sentence that prosecutors had sought.
The fraud sentence represents the bottom of a spiral for Dykstra, who came into a number of legal problems in the last year. He is currently in prison for a three-year sentence after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement.
Working with a friend, Dykstra came up with a scam in which he drove off a car lot with three high-end cars using a fake credit line through a non-existent company. When Los Angeles police officers showed up to arrest Dykstra, he was found in possession of ecstasy, cocaine, and synthetic growth hormone.
He was initially charged with 25 counts, pleading not guilty, but later changed his plea to no contest in exchange for prosecutors dropping 21 of the charges.
Lenny Dykstra’s fraud sentence and previous charges were financial-related crimes, but not all of his convictions were of that nature. He was sentenced earlier this year to nine months in jail for charges that he exposed himself to women he met through Craigslist.