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Lenny Dykstra Charged With More Alleged Crimes, Including Grand Theft Auto

Updated at the bottom: Authorities claim ecstasy and cocaine were found at Dykstra's house. Also, we add some details about the alleged scam they say he was trying to pull.

More charges for baseball legend Lenny Dykstra today.

City News Service reports that he's been charged with a hole package of alleged crimes, including "grand theft auto, filing false financial statements, identity theft and possession of a controlled substance."

He was scheduled to be arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court today. This comes after ...

... last month's indictments against the former Philadelphia Phillie for bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice, concealing property from a bankruptcy estate, making false declarations to the bankruptcy court, and embezzlement from the bankruptcy estate.

Federal prosecutors claim that he sold stuff from his Encino mansion under the table after declaring bankruptcy, a no-no.

He had also been arrested by the LAPD for allegedly purchasing cars with false information, although the D.A.'s office declined to file charges in that case.

Today's charges seem related, but we're not sure. We'll keep you updated.

Update: Authorities say that when the LAPD went to Dykstra's place to arrested him April 14 they found coke, ecstasy, and a synthetic human growth hormone called Somatropin.

Today's charges include 23 felony counts mostly related to an alleged scheme to lease high-end cars using a pilfered identity. Also charged: His accountant, Robert Hymers, 27, and Dykstra's friend, Christopher Gavanis, 30.

Authorities say the scheme worked at one dealership but that the suspects were turned down at two others.

According to CNS, Dykstra was hit with ...

... Eight counts of filing false financial statements, five counts of attempted grand theft auto, four counts of identity theft and three counts each of grand theft auto and possession of a controlled substance.

These are all felonies. He was also charged with a few misdemeanors, including "possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and unauthorized possession of a syringe."

First posted at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 6.

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