Dykstra being sued for not paying firm who filed tax return

Updated: February 22, 2008, 12:18 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Lenny Dykstra said he's looking forward to fighting a lawsuit brought by an accounting firm Thursday that claims he owes at least $111,000 because he wants people to stop trying to rip off ballplayers.

"Did they actually think I would pay that much for a tax return? That's insane," Dykstra said in a telephone interview from Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he lives.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's U.S. District Court, claims Dykstra failed to pay DDK & Co. LLP, of Manhattan, for accounting and tax work done last year.

The company says a bill for $111,097 was sent last June to Dykstra and his wife.

"I looked at that. I laughed," said Dykstra, who played for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies during a 12-year career.

He said he was amazed a company would charge so much for one year's tax return.

"Somebody trying to charge $120,000 for a tax return and can't even file it on time, they've got some problem," he said. "Now they're going to get exposed. My attorney, he said he thought it was a typo when he saw the bill."

The company said in the lawsuit that the tab has since grown to about $138,872. Company lawyer Benjamin J. Golub declined to comment further.

Dykstra, a World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 and a three-time All-Star in the 1990s, said he was working to create a monthly magazine and a club that players could join to protect themselves in dealing with issues like this.

"It'll be players helping players," he said. "We'll have a lunch very soon."

The former outfielder said he had numerous meals with his accountants and recalls paying for all of them.

"Maybe they charged me for his steak and lobster, too," he said.


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