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Judge denies Dykstra motion to dismiss

Image:  Lenny Dykstra.(Nick Ut, AP)
Lenny Dykstra is currently serving a three-year prison sentence.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

A federal judge in Los Angeles has denied a motion by former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra to dismiss more than a dozen charges, including bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement.

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U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson rejected Dykstra's request Thursday. Trial is set to begin July 24.

Dykstra was charged last year with embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. 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.

Dykstra is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. He also was sentenced this year to nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to women he met on Craigslist.

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