Lenny Dykstra sentencing delayed for drug-alcohol program
"He is enrolled in a drug and alcohol program and progressing well," commented L.A. County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig as she allowed Dykstra to delay his sentencing until March 7.
A car-buying scheme is one part of Dykstra's legal woes, which include criminal charges involving federal bankruptcy fraud.
In January 2011, Dykstra, 48, his accountant Robert Hymers, 27, and friend Christopher Gavanis, 30, tried to lease high-end automobiles from several area dealerships by allegedly providing fraudulent information and claiming credit through a phony business, prosecutors said.
Dykstra was arrested April 14 by Los Angeles Police Department detectives while serving a search warrant at his Encino home. Authorities allegedly found cocaine and Ecstasy along with somatropin, a synthetic human growth hormone.
Dykstra was originally 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.
In addition, he was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and unauthorized possession of a syringe.
He originally faced up to 12 years in state prison. In exchange for his plea, the remaining charges will be dismissed at sentencing.
If Dykstra fails to appear for sentencing, he faces up to six years in state prison.
In September, Hymers pleaded no contest to one felony count of identity theft, and Gavanis pleaded no contest to one felony count of filing a false financial statement. Their sentencing was put over for a year.
-- Richard Winton