Dykstra charged with multiple felonies
By Sports Network
|Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra. (BILL KOSTROUN/Reuters file photo)
LOS ANGELES - Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra was charged with multiple felonies, including grand theft auto and drug possession, on Monday.
According to the indictment, submitted in Los Angeles County superior court, Dykstra is charged with eight counts of making false financial statements, five counts of attempted grand theft auto, four counts of identity theft, three counts of grand theft auto, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
All of those counts are felonies.
Dykstra, 48, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle.
Most of the counts center around alleged attempts to obtain luxury automobiles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, prosecutors allege Dykstra and two co- defendants -- Robert Hymers, his accountant, and friend Christopher Gavanis -- attempted to lease cars in January by using fraudulent personal information and a fake business to claim credit.
Dykstra and Hymers were not approved for leases at two dealerships after allegedly using the identity of a man they said was a co-signer, the paper reported.
But prosecutors told the paper Dykstra, Hymers and Gavanis did allegedly drive off in three cars at one dealership after using fraudulent information.
Dykstra is charged with felony possession of cocaine and Ecstasy, and misdemeanor possession of Somatropin -- synthetic human growth hormone. Police allegedly found them April 14 while carrying out a search warrant of his home, the Times reported.
Dykstra spent 12 seasons in the major leagues (1985-96) with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. He helped the Mets win the World Series in 1986 and led the Phillies to the National League pennant in 1993, when he finished second in MVP voting.