Ex-New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra, who pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in July, should be sentenced to 30 months in prison, federal prosecutors said, citing his “arrogant world view.”
“Defendant has acted as if he was above the law for years, disregarding those who stood between him and what he wanted.” U.S. prosecutors said today in a sentencing recommendation filed in federal court in Los Angeles. “Only a significant sentence will bring home to defendant that he has to abide by the same rules as everyone else.”
Dykstra, 49, pleaded guilty in July to looting valuables from his $18 million mansion north of Los Angeles and secretly selling them after his bankruptcy filing in 2009. He admitted to one count each of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy property and money laundering.
On top of the bankruptcy charges, the former Major League Baseball player was convicted last year for trying to lease cars using phony business cards and credit information and is now serving three years in state prison. He was convicted in April of lewd conduct and assault and sentenced to 270 days in prison.
In the bankruptcy matter, prosecutors said he defrauded his creditors, after he filed for bankruptcy, by stripping the mansion he had bought two years earlier from former National Hockey League player Wayne Gretzky of valuables including art, high-end stoves, sconces and plumbing fixtures. He also secretly sold his baseball memorabilia, prosecutors said.
“Defendant broke the law because he wanted to line his own pockets and damage his creditors, and because he, as the celebrity Lenny Dykstra, thought he was untouchable and could get away with it,” prosecutors said in their filing.
Dykstra filed his own sentencing papers under seal yesterday. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson is scheduled to sentence him on Dec. 3. Dykstra’s lawyer, federal public defender Christopher Dybwad, didn’t immediately return a call to his office for comment on the government’s recommendation.
The case is U.S. v. Dykstra, 11-00415, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).