• Prosecutors Recommend 30-Months For Former MLB Star


    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles today recommended that jailed former Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra receive a 30- month sentence for bankruptcy fraud, papers show.

    Dykstra — who is already serving a three-year term behind bars in an auto theft case — pleaded guilty in July to federal counts of bankruptcy fraud, concealing property from the bankruptcy estate and money laundering.

    He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3 by U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson.

    According to sentencing papers, a prison term of 30 months would take into account the federal fraud charges as well as such factors as Dykstra’s “history of drug use, sexual assault, and grand theft … through his recent city and county convictions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan J. Davis wrote.

    Dykstra “has acted as if he was above the law for years, disregarding those who stood between him and what he wanted,” the government prosecutor wrote. “Only a significant sentence will bring home to defendant that he has to abide by the same rules as everyone else.”

    Davis stated that the sentence is further warranted on account of Dykstra’s “arrogant world view” and “brazen nature of defendant’s crime, in which he unabashedly thumbed his nose at the bankruptcy system.”

    The ex-baseball star was charged in a federal indictment with selling “World Series-related” baseball memorabilia and equipment, including “gloves, balls, bats, batting gloves, a helmet, shoes, ticket stubs and magazines” that were part of his bankrupt estate, according to court papers.

    Dykstra collected at least $15,000 from the illicit sales, prosecutors contend.

    Federal prosecutors allege that after he filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2009, Dykstra looted his $18 million Thousand Oaks mansion, lied about who stripped the home and denied receiving money for having sold items that were owned by the bankruptcy estate.

    Last April, the 49-year-old Dykstra was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation following his plea to one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct in a separate case, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

    The former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder also was ordered to stay away from five women named in the case. He has been banned from posting or soliciting on Craigslist or any other social networking site under any name.

    The case stemmed from a series of complaints in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

    Prosecutors said Dykstra informed female applicants that a job in his home required them to give him a massage. During a July 2010 encounter with one woman, he exposed himself and held a knife, according to prosecutors.

    Dykstra was sentenced March 5 to three years in prison after unsuccessfully trying to withdraw his October 2011 plea to three counts of grand theft auto and one count of filing a false financial statement.

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