Once the owner of a 17,000 square-foot mansion, fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker is now just trying to find a stable prison cell to call home. Hecker, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud two years ago, was transferred out of the federal prison in Duluth on February 8, confirms Chris Burk ... More >>
Worthy of marriage, pastor says.What would Jesus have done with Denny Hecker and Christi Rowan? Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren figures he would have let the bankrupt and jailed former auto magnate get married to his girlfriend, who is also facing time behind bars.
Mr. and Mrs. Jailbird.Make that: Christi Rowan-Hecker. Fellow jailbirds Denny Hecker and Christi Rowan say they got married by phone on Feb. 22, but Minnesota law says that doesn't count, and the Hennepin County Attorney is looking into the legality of their license. If it's true that absen ... More >>
Hecker and Rowan: Soul mates.Convicted auto fraudster Denny Hecker moaned to the media from prison recently that he blamed himself for all the legal trouble facing Christi Rowan, his girlfriend -- including possible prison time of her own. But it sounds like she spent last night behind bars ... More >>
Denny Hecker, workout fiend.Disgraced former auto magnate and convicted felon Denny Hecker wants everyone to know that his 10-year sentence for bankruptcy fraud is doing him a world of good. He's treating his body like a temple and resting up for his next big business venture, a memoir abou ... More >>
Hecker's going to prison.There was a time when Denny Hecker ruled a kingdom of almost 30 auto dealerships, wheeling and dealing his way to a life flush with mansions and luxury travel. He collected Rolexes, jewelry, boats, motorcycles - all manner of expensive toys. Those days are over. He w ... More >>
Hecker is scheduled for sentencing on Friday.Steven Leach conspired with disgraced auto mogul Denny Hecker to hoodwink Chrysler Financial into multimillion dollar finance packages. Now he's going to federal prison for two years, and he's been ordered to pay $14 million in restitution. And th ... More >>
Hecker fesses up to drug use.Denny Hecker's sentencing is just around the corner, and the fallen auto king is making an 11th-hour plea for a little mercy. Hecker's lawyers filed a motion yesterday asking a judge to shave two years off the recommended sentence of a decade in prison. Hecker fesses ... More >>
Soon to be marking time in prison.Denny Hecker wasn't born rich, but, with apologies to F. Scott Fitzgerald, he's still different from most folks. His watches alone have fetched $294,500 at a bankruptcy auction. A diamond-festooned Rolex "Datejust," brought in $24,100, the PiPress reported. ... More >>
Denny Hecker, foiled again.It's good to know that when push comes to shove, bankrupt auto failure Denny Hecker has a firm grasp on what's really important in life. Like his Harley Davidson.
Nice day for a white collar crime wedding.Talk about your modern romance. Yesterday, Denny Hecker had a meeting with his lawyers at the U.S. Attorney's offices in Minneapolis, when there was a knock on the door. It was Rev. Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren, the pastor who has been helping Hecker ... More >>
Denny Hecker is back behind bars.Bankrupt auto dealer Denny Hecker has been booked into the Sherburne County jail, and treated to a new mug shot. That's not what he expected out of a routine federal court hearing yesterday, and today he got more bad news: He may stay behind bars until his se ... More >>
"Nobody Walks," thanks to the bus.Denny Hecker used to pitch his car business with ads on buses that declared, "Nobody Walks." Now we're going to hear "all aboard" the bus from what used to be one of Hecker's deserted dealerships.
Denny Hecker wants to get married.Denny Hecker's probably got a long "to-do" list before he's carted off to prison on federal bankruptcy and wire fraud convictions. Top of the list: Get married. For the fifth time. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, things should work out fine for Hecke ... More >>
Denny Hecker pleads guiltyThis is how the Denny Hecker saga ends: Not with a bang, but with a whimper. He's reached a plea deal in federal court in which he cops to just one count each of bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy.
Hecker's dim future just got a little dimmer.One would think that if you were already neck deep in a legal shitstorm -- say, facing more than enough fraud charges to keep you in federal prison for the rest of your life -- you'd cool your heels for a while. At least chill until the trial is ... More >>
Elvis Presley, one for the moneyLadies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building: Bankrupt auto magnate Denny Hecker's 6-foot-tall Elvis Presley statue is headed to TCF Bank as part of a $70,000 deal for the furnishings of Hecker's Crosslake vacation compound.
Another day, another steaming pile.Denny Hecker just can't seem to avoid stepping in legal shit-piles. Seems like everyday we pick up the newspaper, the guy is neck deep in the stuff. Like that whole wire fraud indictment earlier this year. Or that time he was hauled off to jail for ignoring ... More >>
Not a golf cart designed to "blend in"Oh sure, Denny Hecker had some swank speed boats. The Harley collection is impressive. So is the assortment of SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and dirt bikes. But what really caught our eye on the Fred R. Raddle and Sons website for the Hecker bankruptcy auction ... More >>
What, she didn't love me?Bitter doesn't even begin to describe the divorce battle waged between disgraced auto dealer mogul Denny Hecker and his fourth wife, Tamitha. Here's a woman who counted out $276,000 in cash from a safety deposit box to prove to a judge that she was getting screwed ou ... More >>
Failed auto dealer Denny Hecker's girlfriend, Christi Rowan, pleaded guilty to bankruptcy and fraud charges Tuesday afternoon in federal court. She admitted she lied under oath in Hecker's $767 million bankruptcy case about earning more than $150,000 a year. She also admitted lying about he ... More >>
For a while this morning it looked as though we might be treated to the sight of U.S. Marshals making a forced entry on Denny Hecker's mansion in the western suburbs; a judge had approved the request to use force from the trustee in Hecker's bankruptcy proceedings. Nix that. Fox 9 is reporti ... More >>
Denny Hecker's girlfriend, Christi Rowan, has evidently been making life hard for the court-appointeed trustee in his $767 million bankruptcy case. Court documents say she's not allowing the trustee's lawyer and an auctioneer into the couple's Medina estate. They're looking for furniture, a ... More >>
Who didn't see this one coming a mile off? Failed auto dealer magnate Denny Hecker's lawyers have been playing musical chairs for a while now, alternately abandoning him and rejoining his cause as his bank account ebbed and flowed. Today, the music stopped and Bill Mauzy walked away for goo ... More >>
Denny Hecker's girlfriend learned the other day that she gets to keep the $30,000 pet dog he gave her as a gift. But on Friday, she found herself in legal doodoo: She's accused of helping Hecker hide his assets. Charged with bankruptcy and bank fraud in federal court, she could face years in ... More >>
It was only this morning that Star Tribune readers were treated to a story about how bankrupt auto kingpin Denny Hecker was suddenly sounding a lot more remorseful about the wreckage he left in the wake of his failed business dealings and personal life. What a difference a few hours make. He ... More >>
Denny Hecker's mug: Oh how the mighty have fallenThe man who made the slogan "nobody walks" famous did a perp walk today, with a quick stop-over to snap this mug shot. Stare into the visage of a man who has lost everything, who has seen his auto empire evaporate and his public name vilified. Lo ... More >>
If convicted, Hecker and Leach face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Hecker raided his children's trust funds with the help of his former in-law.
Hecker has until the end of the month to come up with the $8,200 he owes his ex-wife.
Some of the bankrupt autodealer's friends have rallied to his sie and ponied up the cash necessary to keep at least one of his criminal defense attorneys on the job.
The Finance and Commerce writer said, "It was probably best I kept my mouth shut and moved along. Who knows what I would have said?"
A note, and a laptop computer and briefcase in Prohofsky's car, may spell more bad news for Hecker.
A federal grand jury makes life even more complicated for the fallen auto sales magnate.
The judge had ruled that Hecker wasn't going to get away with not having to make good on $85 million he owes Chrysler Financial.
He's been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device around his ankle and to give up his passport.
One more ticket on what now appears to be a never-ending ride of personal and professional ruin.
Judge Jay Quam allows the Heckers to formally go their separate, and bitter ways.
The former auto dealer's long road through the hell of personal and financial ruin takes another turn.
The dirty dozen we're thankful to see go away.
Denny Hecker's wife says their divorce is back on and she's looking for more money out of the split.
Who really needs seven snowmobiles, five jet skis, and multiple pontoon boats? Someone should have learned how to live in moderation.
On Dec. 3, Hecker crashed his SUV into a pole near his home in Plymouth.
Take a photographic tour of modern day ruin.
Bankrupted auto giant Denny Hecker has been circled by his creditors since last year for money owed. Now the Internal Revenue Service is on his tail too for a hefty sum of cash.
The fall of the Denny Hecker empire continues with the latest news that he has now filed for personal bankruptcy as his auto empire in Minnesota crumbles.