Last June, Hymers was charged with identity theft and turned himself in to police. In September, Gavanis, who had just started a new job at a digital video company when he was arrested, pleaded no contest to a charge of filing a false financial statement and later returned to Pennsylvania. He did not respond to a message left by SI, but his mother, Theresa, said that his involvement with Dykstra "was a nightmare. He just wants to forget all about that."
Also in September, Hymers pleaded no contest to a charge of identity theft in connection with the use of Wilberto Hernandez's personal information. (Gavanis and Hymers are awaiting sentencing.) Ernst & Young records indicate that Hymers's employment ended last June, after he turned himself in, though the company would not comment on the reason for his departure. According to records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Vapor Rush's trademark on Nico-Sheen was abandoned last month. Hymers did not respond to SI's messages after initially saying he had to speak with his lawyer, but his father says that his son "got hooked into [working with Dykstra] by mistake, and it was a big mess."
After her guilty plea to fraud charges in December, Costa was sentenced to 90 days in jail. (The sentence was modified to 90 days house arrest.) In her e-mail last month to SI she said that Dykstra "hurt my family and I in more ways than I can explain."
Says Contreras, "All these people were desperate, and Dykstra smelled the weakness."
In October, Dykstra pleaded no contest to grand theft auto. (Five days before he was sentenced, Dykstra's attorney filed a motion seeking to change the plea to not guilty. The motion was denied on Monday.) In November he did his first detailed interview since the plea, with the New York Daily News. He was in The Hills Treatment Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in L.A. "There will be a good ending," Dykstra said. "Just like I knew when I was growing up that I was going to be a Major League Baseball player. But there's work I have to do and a price I have to pay." Now he starts paying.