In what appears to be the culmination of what essentially has been a 20-year crime spree for former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra, “Nails” was sentenced this afternoon to prison time after pleading no contest to one count of grand theft auto — and he still has charges that he whipped it out in front of a woman he met on Craigslist to look forward to.
Dykstra, who played center field for the Mets from 1985 to 1989, was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig to three years in prison for his role in a scam to lease high-end cars from dealerships using the credit of a phony business.
According to various media reports, after leasing the vehicles, Dykstra and his two co-defendants — his accountant, Robert Hymers, who pleaded no contest to one count of identity theft, and Christopher Gavanis, who pleaded no contest to one count of filing a false financial statement — planned to sell them and pocket the cash.
Additionally, when Dykstra was arrested, police found cocaine, ecstasy, and human growth hormones at his Los Angeles home.
Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 crimes related to the cars, cocaine, and other drugs. However, in October, he changed his plea to no contest in exchange for prosecutors dropping 21 of the 25 counts.
Dykstra attempted to withdraw his no contest plea earlier this year, but to no avail.
As we mentioned, Dykstra is no stranger to the wrong side of the law; in addition to being named in the Mitchell Report for his use of performance enhancing drugs, Dykstra’s been accused of several legal indiscretions dating back to 1991 — which we’ll list chronologically below (compliments of Baseball Unrated’s “Hall of Shame”).
7, 1991: Dykstra got hammered and wrapped his Mercedes Benz around a
tree in Pennsylvania after attending a bachelor party for his
Philadelphia Phillies teammate Jon Kruk. At the time of the wreck,
Dykstra’s BAC was .179.
-1999: Dykstra was arrested on charges
that he sexually harassed a 17-year-old girl. The charges ultimately
were dropped, but were the first of what would eventually be four
accusations of sexual misconduct involving Dykstra.
2009, it was alleged that Dykstra’s businesses were facing financial
ruin and that he had used offensive terms when speaking about Blacks,
women, and homosexuals.
-In September 2009, Lenny Dykstra was banned from both of his
foreclosed multi-million dollar properties in Lake Sherwood. Security
officers have been instructed to deny access to Dykstra. He was accused
of vandalizing the properties and not maintaining home owners insurance
on the properties. A trustee was assigned by the courts to manage the
-In December 2010, Lenny Dykstra was accused of hiring a female
escort, then writing the escort a bad $1,000 check. Adult film star and
escort Monica Foster claimed that Lenny Dykstra purchased her escort
service on December 13, 2010 then wrote her a check that bounced. Monica
Foster later posted a copy of the bounced check on her blog.
-In January 2011, Lenny Dykstra was accused of sexual assault by his
housekeeper. A female housekeeper alleged Dykstra would force her to
give him oral sex on Saturdays. The woman told investigators she “needed
the job and the money so she went along with the suspect’s requests
rather than lose her job,” according to the filing, and “returned to
work in the suspect’s home with knowledge that she obtained from the
Internet of a claim of sexual assault by another woman.”
-On April 14, 2011, Dykstra was arrested and charged with bankruptcy
fraud. Also The Los Angeles Police Department Commercial Crimes Division
arrested Dykstra in Encino at 8 p.m. Thursday on separate grand theft
charges related to the purchase of vehicles. He was arrested by the
Forgery Section of the LAPD Commercial Crimes Division. The LAPD made
the arrest following an investigation. He was held on $500,000 bail.
Dykstra is scheduled to stand trial for the bankruptcy fraud charges this summer.