Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty in drug, fraud case
Former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty Monday to possession of human growth hormone and Ecstasy and to operating a large auto fraud scheme.
Dykstra, 48, entered the plea during an arraignment hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The former baseball player was charged in June with 25 counts of grand theft auto, filing false financial statements and possessing a controlled substance. In July, a judge ordered Dykstra to stand trial on the charges along with his accountant, Robert Hymers, and co-defendant, Christopher Gavanais.
Prosecutors allege that the men leased high-end automobiles from dealerships using fraudulent information and claiming credit through a phony business called Home Free Systems. If convicted, Dykstra faces up to 12 years in state prison.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando for an arraignment Monday. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters