49-year old former Met and Philly player and 1986 World Series champ nick-named “Nails” in his playing days, Lenny Dykstra, recently pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud and other charges arising from a scheme to loot more than $200,000 in sports memorabilia, home furnishings and other property from his bankruptcy case. Dykstra is already serving time in state prison for a slew of other crimes including grand theft auto, lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the fraud case.
“Mr. Dykstra’s days of playing games with the public and legal system are over,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. asserted after the plea hearing in the L.A. federal courtroom.
According to the terms of the plea arrangement, Dykstra waives his right to appeal if he is sentenced to a maximum of 51 months in prison and $200,000 in restitution. Dykstra admitted to defrauding his creditors by declaring bankruptcy in 2009, then stealing or destroying furnishings, baseball memorabilia and other property from his $20 million mansion. The home was formerly owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky. He also admits providing false or misleading testimony about the property he removed from his home.
What a way to cap off his sports career which spanned eleven years in the majors. He is best remembered for saving the Mets from a Game 3 defeat against the Red Sox in the 1986 championship.
His recent off-the-field antics have overshadowed his baseball prowess. He has been involved in a string of criminal cases, each one more bizarre than the next.
In March 2012, Dykstra was sentenced to three years after pleading no contest to grand theft auto in L.A. County. It arose out of a scheme to lease cars using fake business and credit information. A month later, he was sentenced to nine months in jail and thirty-six months’ probation after pleading no contest to lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon.
The charges of lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon arose out of accusations that Dykstra exposed himself to women who answered ads he placed for an assistant and housekeeper. In fact, one of the women claimed that Dykstra held a knife and forced her to massage him.