Former Phillies Outfielder Lenny Dykstra Charged With Bankruptcy Crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was arrested for investigation of grand theft, a day after he was charged with a federal bankruptcy crime, authorities said Friday.

Dykstra, 48, was arrested Thursday night by Los Angeles police at his Encino home on suspicion of trying to buy a stolen car, police spokesman Officer Christopher No said. He did not have other details.

Dykstra remained jailed Friday.

His arrest came a day after Dykstra, in an unrelated federal complaint, was charged with embezzling from a bankruptcy estate. He faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

Dykstra, who bought a Ventura County mansion once owned by hockey star Wayne Gretzky, filed for bankruptcy in 2009, claiming that he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

Federal prosecutors contend that after filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from the $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

The items allegedly ranged from sports memorabilia to a $50,000 sink. At one point, he sold “a truckload of furnishing and fixtures” for cash at a consignment store, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

It was not immediately clear whether Dykstra had obtained an attorney, U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Dykstra spent 12 years in the big leagues and helped the Mets to the World Series championship in 1986. He was a three-time All-Star in the 1990s while with the Phillies. He had the nickname “Nails” and was known for his rowdy behavior on and off the field.

In 2007, the Mitchell Report on steroid use in pro baseball mentioned allegations that Dykstra had used steroids. Dykstra has denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

After retiring, Dykstra had a number of business ventures, including owning a car wash, and wrote a stock-picking column on, a financial website founded by TV host Jim Cramer.

However, he also was the subject of a number of lawsuits.

In January, his housekeeper alleged that Dykstra forced her to provide sexual favors but he denied the allegations and Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file criminal charges.

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  • arnie

    Is LENNY DYKSTRA an addicted gambler ? Boynton Beach, FL Monday, April 18, 2011
    Is Lenny Dykstra an addicted gambler ?


    If he is ! we now have two x professional athletes sitting in jail because of a gambling addiction. And you can be sure they are not the only ones.

    Art Schlichter and Lenny Dykstra

    Former MLB Star Lenny Dykstra Charged in Bankruptcy Fraud Case

    Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter back in jail

    When Will Sports Confront Gambling Problems of Its Own Athletes?

    Athletes may be more vulnerable than the general population when you look at the soft signs of compulsive gambling: high Levels of energy; unreasonable expectations of winning; very competitive personalities; distorted optimism; and bright with high IQs

    It is time for college and professional sports to run a real program to help players who might have a gambling problem or gambling addiction problem. Yet college and professional sports still do not want to deal with this. They do not want the media and public to think there is a problem.

    One sports insider said to me: “Teams need to have a real program for players, coaches and referees, and they need to let somebody else run it. When you do it in-house, it’s like the fox running the chicken coop. You must be kidding yourself if you think any player, coach or referee is going to call the league and say, ‘I’ve got a gambling problem, and I need help.’ ”

    The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler. They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

    People keep asking me how gamblers are able to get money from all these people, Wexler said. “Gamblers know how to do this. I did it for years to support my own gambling addiction. Gamblers will say, ‘My car broke, my kid is sick, I can get you tickets, I can double your money,’ and on and on. There isn’t a real compulsive gambler who has reached bottom (after using all there $) who hasn’t committed some kind of criminal act to support the habit.”

    Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts. Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

    All three diseases are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Yet, we treat compulsive gambling differently from the other two.

    Society and professional sports treat people with chemical dependency and alcoholism as sick people, send them to treatment, and get them back to work. Yet society looks at compulsive gamblers as bad people, and they get barred from playing professional sports. Something is wrong with that.

    The following is the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV for 312.31 (Pathological Gambling):

    Persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior as indicated by at least five of the following:

    is preoccupied with gambling (e.g., preoccupied with reliving past gambling experiences,

    handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)

    needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement

    has repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling

    is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling

    gambles as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression.

    after losing money gambling, often returns another day in order to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)

    lies to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling

    has committed illegal acts, such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement, in order to finance gambling

    has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling

    relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

    I run a national help line (1-888-GAMBLER). And over the years, I have spoken to many college and professional athletes who had a gambling problem. An NCAA study a few years ago said, “There is a disturbing trend of gambling among athletes in college.” You can’t think that these people will get into the pros and then just stop gambling.

    I am a recovering compulsive gambler who placed my last bet on April 10, 1968. I have been fighting the injustice of how sports, society and the judicial system deal with compulsive gamblers for 43 years.

    Arnie Wexler CCGC


    561 200 0165

    CELL –954 501 5270


  • Nostromo

    ‘Lenny’ ought just to have stuck with his chain of high-tech car washes. I’ve never seen a modern car wash, on a nice day, without a line of vehicles stretched around the building. I suppose that he was dazzled by $$$ in his eyes. So unfortunate. His heroics on the field would have endeared him to Phillies fans for the rest of his life. So sad to read this of one that the late Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn called “Nails”.

  • isitdykstra

    Was his name Dykstra? I couldn’t tell initially from the 12 times (13 if you count the heading) they mentioned the name in the article. Pathetic writing.

  • Doomass

    What else would you expect from a dummy that hangs out with Charlie Sheen…….He’s a whack job!!!

  • itz

    Man, they sure do fall hard

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