Involved in the web of schemes alleged against baseball player Lenny Dykstra;
Bail set at $500,000 for Dykstra and Hymers
Today’s Los Angeles Times carries the news that Robert L. Hymers III has been indicted in an elaborate series of frauds, alongside baseball player Lenny Dykstra and a friend of Dykstra’s, Christopher Gavanis.
Radar is reminding everyone that Dykstra is supposedly a friend of Charlie Sheen’s, but our readers will recall Leslie Hymers from his attempts to report me to the FBI for being part of a “hate group” (that is to say, survivors of his father’s quasi-Christian cult, The Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle). Regulars here will be chagrined–but not surprised–to know that young Leslie’s bail was set as high as that of ringleader Lenny Dykstra, at $500,000, in yesterday’s indictment.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said Dykstra, 48, along with his accountant Robert Hymers, 27, and friend Christopher Gavanis, 30, tried to claim credit through a phony business and stolen identity. Beginning in January, the trio tried to lease high-end cars from several area dealerships.
“He [Dykstra] has scammed everybody he knows,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Alex Karkanen said. “They faked pay stubs. They faked income information for the company. They made it all up on a laser printer at home. And when the dealers asked for a co-signer, they said their financial officer would sign.”
The so-called financial officer was actually an unsuspecting customer of the accountant [Robert L. Hymers III], Karkanen said, adding, “He knew nothing about them using his identity.
At two dealerships, Dykstra and Hymers provided information for the “co-signer,” but the leases were not approved. At one of the dealerships, Dykstra, Hymers and Gavanis provided fraudulent information and drove off with 2011 models of a Ford Mustang, Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS, Karkanen said.
Maria Ramirez, head deputy district attorney in charge of the auto fraud unit, said Dykstra’s company, Home Free Systems, “doesn’t even exist.… He’s hardly a financial guru.”
They “presented the company like it was making millions of dollars when it was not,” Ramirez said.
Veterans of Hymers’ father’s churches recognize, sadly, the pattern of deception that was built into this young man’s psyche from an early age, and it appears that he has taken on his father’s sociopathic tendancies and ability to play fast-and-loose with the truth.
Along with fits of rage, his father’s management style was characterized by the “kiss up, slap down” quirk shared by so many third-rate middle managers, so it appears that he was taught to value quite highly the notion of having a celebrity client; it’s tough not to speculate that this is part of what led him astray. One former member of one of R.L. Hymers’s churches called yesterday’s developments “tragic.”
Images: At top, Robert L. Hymers III. Directly above, Lenny Dykstra.
Dan Collins Brings the Snark;
Da TechGuy Is Not Surprised;
Prof. Jacobson makes this the “Post of the Day.”
Jimmie Bise calls it “vindication.”
News Alert warns that I’m on the Job
Lead and Gold suggests that it’s “nice to see the good guys win one.”
John Hitchcock has a good overview
Camp of the Saints call it “vindication”!–though this isn’t directly related to my own issues with the Hymerses
UPDATE 2: Another cult survivor writes:
For some years, after most of us had left the church, R.L. Hymers, Jr., targeted older people with declining faculties. They would work on them to get their inheritances, and may still be doing it. This was a significant source of income for the church.
Although it was legal, the man who thought of this and systematized it is man that produced [Robert Leslie Hymers III]. It’s the most blatant I can think of . . .
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Previously, in the R.L. Hymers/Robert Leslie Hymers III Saga:
•Losing My Virginity in the R.L. Hymers Cult
• R.L. Hymers’ History of Violence
• Oh, Goody: Email from R.L. Hymers (including my excommunication letter; the action here is in the comments section, wherein the threats from Robert Hymers III begin)
R.L. Hymers Apologizes to James Taranto, As He and His Son Continue to Threaten Me
• Robert L. Hymers III “Reports” Me to the FBI
• And, the Second Threatening Letter from the Hymerses’ Attorney
(This one is especially interesting to read after young Leslie’s indictment; here’s the money graf, from the kid’s attorney’s letter to me:
Ms. McCann said, “You are a young person, and I do not think it is a good idea for you to drag yourself into the public eye.” Our client already is in the “public eye,” because his name is the same as his father’s. The message of the “Hymers-watcher” religious hate group, of which you and Ms. McCann are members, has already disparaged the name of Robert L. Hymers across the world via the Internet. Our client not only has nothing to lose by defending his father but he is obligated to do so because of the name they share.
So, well. There we go.)
• The Memeorandum Thread on the Hymerses’ Legal Threats