Prosecutors Want 10-Year Sentence For Hecker

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Denny Hecker, auto mogul, Chrysler Financial

Denny Hecker was brought back to jail Oct. 18, 2010. A judge said Hecker had been lying and needed to account for his finances while tax dollars had paid for a court-appointed attorney to defend him.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. prosecutors want fallen Twin Cities auto dealer Denny Hecker to get the statutory maximum sentence.

They’re recommending a 10-year prison term.

Hecker pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. Prosecutors say he duped Chrysler Financial out of more than $13 million in loans.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that prosecutors write in court papers filed Thursday the Hecker “committed each of these relatively ordinary crimes over and over and over, year after year after year.”

The prosecutors allege that after Hecker sought bankruptcy protection, he “cheated that system in a multitude of ways” with a goal of furthering his “high-flying lifestyle.”

Hecker’s attorneys are expected to soon file their own position papers on an appropriate sentence. Hecker is in the Sherburne County Jail, awaiting sentencing.

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