Lenny Dykstra charged with embezzling

Former Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra poses for a portrait Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 in New York. Dykstra has founded Players Club, a magazine for pro athletes that promises to help them "keep living the dream" with profiles of athletes who have thrived in the business world and buying guides to high-end merchandise. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

LOS ANGELES - Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been charged with embezzling from a bankruptcy estate.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles allege that after filing for bankruptcy in 2009, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from his $18.5 million mansion in Ventura County. They ranged from sports memorabilia to a $50,000 sink.

Dykstra claimed he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

He was charged Wednesday. Authorities also say he was arrested Thursday at his Encino home in an unrelated grand theft investigation and remains jailed without bail. Local prosecutors haven't filed the latter case.

It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

After retiring from baseball in the late 1990s, Dykstra was involved in various businesses and briefly was a stock-picks guru.