Dykstra went onto to a brilliant career with the Mets and then the Phillies retiring in 1996 except for a Spring Training comeback abandoned in 1998. Off the field, Dykstra's business acumen and personal conduct repeatedly brought him to the attention of the authorities. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals and it is said that he'll be prosecuted by the feds for bankruptcy fraud. This is the LA Times account:
"Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra was indicted by a federal grand jury Friday on charges including bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice, for allegedly sneaking away more than $400,000 in property that should have gone to his creditors, then lying about it under oath. Dykstra, 48, a former Mets and Phillies outfielder known to his fans by the nickname “Nails,” is accused of stealing, hiding and destroying items such as chandeliers, artwork, sconces and sports memorabilia about himself from his $18-million Ventura County mansion, according to the indictment. He later filed declarations under oath and lied in bankruptcy court about having received money from selling off the items, the indictment alleged.
Dykstra’s attorney, Mark Werksman, accused the government late Friday of 'using an indictment to punish a debtor,' and said the criminal charges were 'heavy-handed and overbearing. This is payback by the U.S. government to Lenny Dykstra’s resistance to the trustee’s dismantling of his property and assets in the bankruptcy,' Werksman said. 'When all the facts come out, we’ll show that Mr. Dykstra acted in good faith and behaved properly.'
If convicted of all 13 counts in the indictment, Dykstra could face a maximum of 80 years in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Dykstra, who fashioned himself as a financial guru and entrepreneur after retiring from his baseball career, filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2009 when business ventures started failing and debt began piling up. He was soon pushed into court-ordered liquidation by his creditors.
Bankruptcy trustee Peter C. Anderson called Dykstra’s alleged crimes 'an egregious abuse of the bankruptcy system,' and said they would 'not be tolerated,' according to a statement released by prosecutors. Dykstra’s bankruptcy case remains pending."
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Largely because of the astounding physical demands on the cyclist, professional bicycle racing is the breeding-ground for all sorts of cheating. Now, with the confession of cycling cheat and liar, Floyd Landis, many of us who follow cycling are waiting for the indictment (or, perhaps the decision not to pursue charges) against Lance Armstrong. Some well-placed observers believe that federal charges of wire and mail fraud are imminent. Allegations against Armstrong relate to hundreds of millions of dollars perhaps involving his ubiquitous Livestrong Cancer foundation with its iconic rubber yellow bracelet. The bottom line is the accusation that Lance Armstrong was a "doper," fraud, and perjurer--that millions of dollars changed hands from sponsors and insurance carriers relying on the material representation that Armstrong rode clean.
Sports gives men and women who have little else that they can agree on, something to talk about without killing one another. Until recent years it was possible to follow sports without wishing you had a law degree or lawyer on retainer to explain it all to you. Well, maybe we should dig into this a little more. Barry Bonds, Lenny Dykstra, Floyd and Lance....there's just so much to mull over. Here's is a category of law awash in testosterone and greed--it's almost as bad as politics.
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