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California Judge “Nails” Dykstra for Grand Theft Auto

Via CNN, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced former investment advisor center fielder Lenny Dykstra to three years in prison yesterday in the wake of his pleading no contest to “three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement.”

Separately, Nails is under federal indictment “for allegedly taking more than $400,000 in property that should have gone to his bankruptcy creditors and then lying about it under oath, prosecutors claim.”

The Associated Press adds:

Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 counts after police arrested him and found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at his Los Angeles home last April. He changed his plea in October to no contest and in exchange prosecutors dropped 21 counts.

Prosecutors said Dykstra and his accountant, Robert Hymers, 27, provided information at two dealerships from a man they claimed was a co-signer but who had not authorized his name to be used. The leases were not approved.

However, at another auto dealer, Dykstra, Hymers and Christopher Gavanis, 30, a friend of Dykstra’s, were able to drive off with three cars by providing fraudulent information to the dealer. Hymers and Gavanis have entered no contest pleas as well and are awaiting sentencing.

Ulfig noted Dykstra wasn’t dissuaded the first two times with the scam and “hit a home run” the third time. Those cars, Flier argued, were later returned and only depreciated in value.

Credit a Baseball Think Factory commenter for suggesting, “Maybe he can get Mookie Wilson to serve time against lefthanders.”

Another BTF wiseguy, asked why Dykstra would be so stupid brazen to take three cars off the lot at once, responded, “PEDs.”

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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