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Lenny Dykstra Sold Access to Jim Cramer

Market 'genius' also took illegal bribe to tout penny stock
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 9:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lenny Dykstra, the fraudster Jim Cramer unwittingly turned into a stock-picking star, accepted an illegal bribe to pimp a penny stock on his TheStreet.com newsletter, Randall Lane of the Daily Beast reports. Dykstra secretly accepted $250,000 worth of Automated Vending Technologies shares in exchange for a plug in the newsletter and a promised meeting with Cramer, according to a former adviser to Dykstra, a retired baseball star.

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Dykstra knew it was illegal, so he had the stock issued in his brother-in-law’s name, without, the adviser says, the brother-in-law’s knowledge. Dykstra never delivered on the meeting with Cramer—who almost certainly never knew about the scheme—but he did advise his readers to buy AVT. Lane confronted AVT’s founder with a certificate proving the stock handoff, but he denied everything, saying the only money he ever gave Dykstra was $15,000 to trade for him. That money has disappeared. (Read more Jim Cramer stories.)

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