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June 24, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been released from a California prison after serving time for bankruptcy fraud. Dykstra, 50, who had a 12-year career with the New York Mets and Phillies, was freed, according to federal Bureau of Prisons records, but no other details were available. A message left for his attorney Christopher Dybwad was not immediately returned yesterday. Dykstra was sentenced in December to 6 1/2 months in prison for hiding baseball gloves and other heirlooms from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing.
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May 7, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a bankruptcy fraud case. The 48-year-old filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and is accused of later stealing and selling property from an $18.5 million estate. Federal prosecutors brought 13 counts against Dykstra, including bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice, concealing property from the bankruptcy estate and embezellment. If found guilty on all charges, Dykstra faces a maximum of 80 years in prison.
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June 29, 2012 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Federal prosecutors have entered a plea agreement with former Phillies and New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra in a case in which he is accused of bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement. Court records show the plea agreement was filed under seal Tuesday. Phone messages left for Dykstra's deputy federal public defender and the U.S. Attorney's Office were not immediately returned. Prosecutors said that after filing for bankruptcy, Dykstra hid, sold, or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.
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June 27, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Despite the bravado and sometimes delusion that has accompanied Lenny Dykstra's fall from grace, the former Phillies outfielder has decided to make a plea agreement in his federal bankruptcy case. Dykstra was facing more than 90 years in prison for bankruptcy fraud, obstruction of justice and money laundering. Prosecutors allege he took $400,000 worth of furnishings from his $18 million mansion in 2009 and sold them. Additional charges were added in April, regarding selling baseball equipment that prosecutors say was part of his bankruptcy estate.
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May 7, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
LOS ANGELES - Former Phillies all-star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was indicted Friday by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a bankruptcy fraud case. Dykstra, 48, filed for bankruptcy in 2009. He is accused of later removing, destroying, and selling property from his $18.5 million estate. According to the indictment, Dykstra looted his Sherwood Estates mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., lied to the bankruptcy trustee about who stripped it, and denied selling items owned by the bankruptcy estate.
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April 2, 2004 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was to great fanfare that veteran retailer Eliana Raspino announced in 1997 that she was going to fight social and business trends and bring fresh produce and groceries to the inner city. Raspino's dream of a chain of 15 modern stores in cities from Philadelphia to Trenton lasted just two years before her two West Philadelphia stores and one in Lambertville, N.J., closed and she filed for bankruptcy. Yesterday, Raspino's legal troubles multiplied as a federal grand jury in Philadelphia accused her and her boyfriend and former manager Robert A. Joyce with bankruptcy fraud and related charges for allegedly draining about $372,000 in assets from her foundering food stores.
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November 30, 1994 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A South Philadelphia auto-body shop owner with suspected mob ties was found guilty of racketeering charges yesterday in a mail and bankruptcy fraud scheme that involved false and inflated insurance claims. A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for about eight hours over two days before returning what amounted to a split verdict against Ronald Galati. Galati, 43, was found guilty of 20 counts of mail fraud, two counts of making false statements to a bankruptcy court and one count of bankruptcy fraud, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Weber, one of the prosecutors.
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February 19, 1997 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
In 1995, Philip Banks's real estate management business was in bankruptcy. And Banks, a Main Line socialite, was neck-deep in trouble with the law for illegally removing asbestos from his business's only asset, the Morton Building, a Center City office building at 16th and St. James streets. Banks hired unskilled handymen to dump several bags of cancer-causing debris in poor Philadelphia neighborhoods. Despite his woes, Banks went on living the good life, for nine months in 1995, spending about $100,000 on various goods and services - money that he admitted yesterday was stolen from the estate of his bankrupt business, the 220 Partnership.
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June 6, 2011 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
The strange case of Lenny Dykstra continues. A month after being indicted in federal court on charges related to bankruptcy fraud, Dykstra was charged today with multiple counts of trying to lease cars using phony business and credit information, and with drug possession by the Los Angeles County Prosecutor's Office. Dykstra and two co-defendants were scheduled to be arraigned today in San Fernando Superior Court. Deputy District Attorney Alex Karkanen with the auto insurance fraud division said that he will ask bail be set at $500,000 for all three.
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October 13, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Things just got real for the Real Housewives. As you may have heard, Joe Giudice and his wife, Teresa, who is one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo, are going to jail for bankruptcy fraud. I'm going to miss Teresa, whose lack of anger management was a thing of beauty. She famously turned over a table in anger, and I don't know a single woman in the world who hasn't dreamed of doing that, or at least being the kind of woman who would do that, on impulse. By the way, when she flipped the table, she yelled "prostitution whore," which is a great thing to yell at any time.
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October 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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March 6, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"REAL Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice , face prison time after they pleaded guilty yesterday to federal fraud charges for concealing income and lying during bankruptcy proceedings. In contrast to their screechy TV-show personas, Teresa and Joe stood as solemnly as pallbearers as they barely broke a whisper in front of U.S. Magistrate Esther Salas in Newark. Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud.
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July 26, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
First of two parts LENNY DYKSTRA gave his first interview since coming out of prison. And, as you might expect, it was classic Nails. Dykstra was released from the the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex in California in June after serving 6 1/2 months in for bankruptcy fraud. Yesterday, he chatted with former major league All-Stars Robert Fick and Dmitri Young on their show "FYI Sports Talk," part of the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. "It sounds so funny for me to say I was in prison," Dykstra said.
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July 26, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
Last of two parts LENNY DYKSTRA says going to jail for bankruptcy fraud was "rock bottom. " Says he gave former teammate Pete Incaviglia a job at his car wash when Inky was having "some problems personally. " Believable? Who knows? On Tuesday, Dykstra revealed those things and more in an interview with "FYI Sports Talk," a part of the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. Nails talked to show hosts Robert Fick and Dmitri Young, both former major leaguers, about a wide range of subjects.
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July 3, 2013 | By M.L. Johnson, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan developed a plan to pay some abusers to leave the priesthood after writing to Vatican officials with increasing concern, warning them about the potential for scandal if they did not defrock problem priests, according to documents released Monday. Dolan's correspondence with Vatican officials and priests accused of sexual abuse was included in about 6,000 pages of documents the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released Monday as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court with clergy sex abuse victims suing it for fraud.
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