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Former Met Lenny Dykstra hit with grand theft auto, drug charges


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Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra was charged yesterday with grand theft auto and drug possession by prosecutors who claim he used phony information to lease a car from a dealership in California.

Dykstra, 48, is charged with 23 felonies, including grand theft auto, and two misdemeanors. He faces up to 12 years in prison.

Dykstra has not obtained a lawyer to represent him, but pledged his innocence to reporters on Monday.

"Of course I'm not guilty," Dykstra told the Daily News. "The car got stolen alright — stolen by them. I don't have it anymore. It's gone like my computer, my phone, my clothes."

In May, Dykstra was charged with more than a dozen federal counts, including bankruptcy fraud. Dykstra allegedly hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from his $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

Dykstra filed for bankruptcy two years ago after claiming he owed more than $31 million and owning only $50,000 in assets.

(with Reuters)

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