Dykstra pleads not guilty in bankruptcy case

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In this Monday, June 6, 2011, photo, Lenny Dykstra, center, is put in handcuffs after his arraignment on grand theft auto and drug possession charges in San Fernando, Calif. Attorney Daniel Nixon is at left. Dykstra, 48, a former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies star, was charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He faces up to 12 years in state prison if convicted. (AP Photo/Michael Robinson Chavez, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has pleaded not guilty in a federal case where he's accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate.

Dykstra appeared Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom to enter his plea. The former star was charged last month with more than a dozen counts, including bankruptcy fraud.

Federal prosecutors contend the 48-year-old Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from an $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

Dykstra is being held in a Los Angeles County jail after state prosecutors recently filed grand theft auto and drug possession charges against him and two men.

He spent 12 years in the big leagues and helped the Mets to the World Series championship in 1986.