June 20, 2011
Former Major League Baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra plead not guilty in a federal case where he is accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate, according to published reports.
Federal prosecutors claim Dykstra, 48, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from his $18.5 million mansion after his 2009 bankruptcy petition without the permission of a bankruptcy trustee. Dykstra then reportedly lied to his trustee about who had stripped the home.
Dykstra entered his not guilty plea in a Los Angeles courtroom. He is currently being held in an LA County jail after being charged with a slew of misdemeanor and felony offenses, including grand theft auto and identity theft. Furthermore, Dykstra is also facing charges in a different case after authorities found illegal drugs at his home in May.
Media reports say Dykstra's trial is set to begin on May 9.
Dykstra played professional baseball for 12 years, during which time he signed with both the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. The three-time All Star helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series.