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Former Met Lenny Dykstra now faces federal trial

Lenny Dykstra appears with his attorney Andrew Reed Flier in a San Fernando courtroom Monday.

Lenny Dykstra, the fallen former outfielder and financial guru who was sentenced to state prison Monday for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement, will have to dust himself off for another legal fight, this one beginning June 5 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced Dykstra on Monday to three years behind bars. With six months already served in County Jail and half time for inmates behind bars for a nonviolent offense, the man known as "Nails" could potentially be out in less than a year.

But a state sentence could end up being the least of Dykstra's worries. He still faces trial on 13 criminal counts, including federal bankruptcy, fraud and obstruction of justice, that could add up to 80 years in prison.

Dykstra, 48, was indicted by a federal grand jury last May on those charges for allegedly hiding more than $400,000 in property that should have gone to his creditors, then lying about it under oath.

He also is accused of stealing, hiding and destroying items such as chandeliers, artwork, sconces and sports memorabilia from his $18-million Ventura County mansion, according to the indictment. The federal indictiment futher alleges that Dykstra later filed declarations under oath and lied in bankruptcy court about having received money from selling the items.

The indicment followed a high-profile fall from grace for Dykstra, who filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2009 when business ventures started failing and debt began piling up. He was soon forced into court-ordered liquidation by his creditors.


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-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)

Photo: Lenny Dykstra appears with his attorney Andrew Reed Flier in a San Fernando courtroom Monday. Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

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