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Dykstra Pleads Not Guilty in Bankruptcy Case

Former Phillies star faces up to 80 years in prison.

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    Dykstra Pleads Not Guilty in Bankruptcy Case
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    Mets great Lenny Dykstra

    Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra entered a not guilty plea on Monday in a federal case where he's accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate.
           
    Dykstra appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom to enter his plea. The former Phillies star was charged last month with more than a dozen counts, including bankruptcy fraud.
           
    Federal prosecutors contend the 48-year-old Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from an $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

    Dykstra is being held in a Los Angeles County jail after state prosecutors recently filed grand theft auto and drug possession charges against him and two men. He spent 12 years in the big leagues and helped the Mets to the World Series championship in 1986.

    If convicted of all bankruptcy counts, Dykstra faces a maximum of 80 years in prison. A trial date is scheduled for Aug. 9.

    Last week, Dykstra was charged with 25 criminal counts, including grand theft auto, for allegedly trying to lease cars using phony business and credit information.