Ex-Mets Player Lenny Dykstra Convicted of Grand Theft Auto in California

Lenny Dykstra, a former player for Major League Baseball’s New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was convicted of three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement after declining to challenge the charges.

Dykstra, 48, pleaded “no contest” in court yesterday and faces as long as four years in state prison, according to a statement on the website of the Los Angeles County District Attorney. He was released pending his sentencing on Jan. 20, according to the statement.

Dykstra was charged in June for allegedly trying to lease cars using phony business cards and credit information and with drug possession. The previous month, Dykstra had been charged by federal prosecutors of looting his mansion in Thousand Oaks, California, and selling items belonging to the bankruptcy estate.

Ted Flier, Dykstra’s lawyer, didn’t immediately return a call to his office seeking comment on the plea after regular business hours yesterday.

The case is People v. Dykstra, PA070678, California Superior Court (Los Angeles County).

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