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Dykstra sentenced to 6 1/2 months for bankruptcy fraud

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Former major-league outfielder Lenny Dykstra, who was already in prison for a car scam, was sentenced in a Los Angeles court to 6 1/2 months in jail for federal bankruptcy fraud, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dykstra, who helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series, was also ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution and to perform 500 hours of community service.

Dykstra, 49, is expected to be released from jail in mid-2013.

Prosecutors had sought a 30-month sentence for Dykstra, who once faced a possible 20-year jail term before agreeing to a plea deal.

Over the past two years, he has been convicted of a car finance scam and charges of lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon.

His most recent legal problem occurred after Dykstra filed for bankruptcy in 2009 in an attempt to save the property he purchased from Wayne Gretzky for $18.5 million.

But, the Times reported that an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Ty Thomas notes that federal investigators allege Dykstra "sold many items belonging to the bankruptcy estate" and "destroyed and hid other estate items, depriving the estate of a combined $400,000 of assets."

He is not allowed to do that to receive the benefits afforded by filing bankruptcy.

Dykstra reportedly transferred many items to a consignment store. The owner of the store paid him cash for a load of goods, according to the agent.
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