Hecker Accuses Lawyer, Trustee Of Lying

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Disgraced Twin Cities auto dealer Denny Hecker has written a letter to a bankruptcy judge accusing a bankruptcy trustee and his own former attorney of lying.

Hecker, who pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges, claimed that his former lawyer lied about the source of $75,000 that Hecker used to secure the title to his home in Medina.

Hecker said a bankruptcy-court trustee then figured out the lawyer’s deceit and used that information to blackmail the lawyer into revealing information about Hecker that hurt his bankruptcy case.

“I am not saying I am not guilty at all,” Hecker wrote in the handwritten letter dated Jan. 17. However, he said, he was upset that the others “stood before you and lied to you.”

Hecker, 58, faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Feb. 11 on criminal fraud charges. Throughout the bankruptcy case and before being jailed in October, he was repeatedly accused of hiding assets and squandering money on luxuries.

In his letter, which was released this week, Hecker said his former attorney, William Skolnick, lied about where Hecker came up with the $75,000. Then, he wrote, court-appointed trustee Randall Seaver learned of those lies and exploited that information.

Neither Skolnick nor Seaver has “been held accountable for their perjury and lack of respect for you and your court,” he wrote.

Skolnick and Barbara May, Hecker’s current bankruptcy attorney, did not immediately return messages left by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Seaver’s attorney, Matt Burton, said of the letter: “This is coming from a person who’s pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud.”

Once the owner of a large auto dealership network, Hecker went bankrupt after he couldn’t repay loans to Chrysler Financial he had personally guaranteed. He was later charged with defrauding the company and other lenders.

Last year he put up $75,000 for a settlement with the bankruptcy estate to secure the title to the home and a baby grand piano. At the time, Burton said he was told the money was from one of Hecker’s longtime business associates. But Burton later told the judge he learned the money had come from trust funds for Hecker’s children and grandchildren.

Hecker claimed he wasn’t responsible for the misinformation.

As recently as 2008, Hecker owned 26 auto dealerships as well as other businesses, and was recognizable around the Twin Cities for his frequent appearances in his own advertising.

But a federal indictment claimed that in the fall of 2007, he and a company executive gave fraudulent documents to Chrysler Financial to obtain $80 million in financing. Chrysler Financial issued the loan and lost more than $10 million.

Hecker filed for bankruptcy in 2009, claiming $787 million in debt and $18.5 million in assets.

His seven-page letter to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel ended with Hecker imploring the judge to take his claims seriously.

“You may throw this in the garbage can, thinking it’s a bad person with sour feelings,” Hecker wrote. “I am not.”

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Comments

One Comment

  1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Hecker must be talking to himself in the mirror again

    1. Lola says:

      and his hand is in his underpants squeezing a little too hard! obviously the pain is getting to his head! can’t think straight, let go Denny, let go! there will be other inmates that you can connect with, which ever end you like. just like at the dealership, remember? You are one hecker of a guy! I’ll miss running into you on the lake with all those fish hooks stuck on your cheek. god you were funny!

  2. JKB says:

    Thats calling the kettle black, isnt it? For every deceitful thing he has done during the proceedings of this case, he desserves what he gets and then some! Feel sorry for him? NOT!!

  3. Cindy says:

    Is the ranting of deranged persons now what WCCO considers news?

  4. Billy says:

    Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?

    1. billy,billy,billy,billy says:

      Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
      Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
      Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
      Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
      Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
      Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?

  5. swmnguy says:

    Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

    1. Markus Dayton says:

      say what?

      1. lola says:

        Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
        Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?
        Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?

  6. Dave Seavy says:

    I love it when the high and mighty fall. The scowls on their faces says it all. Did you see his squeeze’s pic yesterday? Let’s see if he goes in to prison with that look – he’ll find out quickly that he’s a joke – among other things.

  7. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    Poor Denny. I’m sure he will enjoy prison life. BWAHAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAA!

    1. bruce says:

      everyone knows the real crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe!

      1. Fromthegraveof Nixon says:

        Is the ranting of deranged persons now what is considered news?

  8. Kay Car says:

    Poor Poor Denny, the Auto King . .. BWAHAAAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAA Loser!

  9. D man says:

    Orange is his color.

    1. twoinchdiameter johnson says:

      it is also the color of dial soap, which I hope he drops when he is in the prison shower with the rest of the boys. that way, he can bend over to pick it up and feel what it is like to get it upp the A, like so many of his customers!

      1. noah johnson at all says:

        gets me going just thinking about it. when was the last time you had a car dealer by the b@lls?

  10. anabanana says:

    Give Becker a life sentence. Who would believe him after all his lies

  11. 1twinsfan says:

    When you have it all, don’t try to get more.

  12. We says:

    Dennis the menace!

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