Monday, June 6, 2011

Lenny Dykstra charged with fraud, theft, possession of cocaine and Ecstasy

Former New York Mets player and financial guru Lenny Dykstra was charged Monday with nearly two dozen counts of fraud, grand theft and drug possession, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said.

Dykstra, 48, and two co-defendants -- his accountant Robert Hymers, 27, and friend Christopher Gavanis, 30 -- were set to be arraigned Monday afternoon, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alex Karkanen.

Dykstra is charged with five counts of attempted grand theft auto, eight counts of filing false financial statements, four counts of identity theft, three counts of grand theft auto and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. All are felonies.

In addition, he is charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and unauthorized possession of a syringe.  If convicted, Dykstra faces up to 12 years in state prison.

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