Christi Rowan-Hecker Gets Maximum Prison Sentence

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Christi Rowan-Hecker, the wife of beleaguered auto mogul Denny Hecker, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing money that belonged to Hecker’s creditors.

That’s the maximum sentence applicable to the charges Rowan-Hecker faced for committing bankruptcy and wire fraud. Rowan-Hecker was also ordered to pay about $36,000 in restitution and serve five years of probation.

Rowan-Hecker, who was just recently married to Hecker in an over-the-phone ceremony, had been accused of continuing to use American Express accounts even after a judge ordered the accounts to be seized by the FBI. She pleaded guilty to bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud last year after admitting that she lied on a credit application to purchase a Land Rover for Hecker.

She also admitted to falsifying a W2, claiming she was an attorney for the parent company of KARE-TV, when in reality, she was a salesperson for the station.

U.S. District Court Judge Joan Ericksen earlier threw out a plea deal that would’ve let Rowan-Hecker serve zero to six months in prison. The judge appeared infuriated that Rowan-Hecker had used the credit accounts to charge luxury items such as a $400 hair appointment. Prosecutors say she also spent thousands of dollars in gift cards that were supposed to be turned over to authorities.

“It’s mind-boggling to take money that was in the custody of the court and the FBI,” Ericksen said on Tuesday morning. “It takes your breath away.”

Ericksen said Rowan-Hecker deserved the maximum sentence because of the seriousness and brazenness of her actions. She said her conduct showed Rowan-Hecker had no respect for the law.

Rowan-Hecker’s attorney asked for leniency, saying she was one of Hecker’s victims.

Rowan-Hecker, dressed in a white blouse and black skirt, showed no emotion as she was sentenced.

In an unusual move, Rowan was allowed contact with her children following the sentencing. Her 14-year-old sobbed during and after the sentencing.

Rowan-Hecker is asking to serve her sentence at a prison camp in Greenville, Illinois. Minnesota does not have any minimum security federal prison camps for women. With good behavior, Rowan-Hecker could be out in less than a year.

Hecker has been sentenced to 10 years for bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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  • Justice

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer person =-)

  • mossy

    Bad Mom no Biscuit

  • tbone

    The eyes, they never lie ,Chico

  • Dave

    Nightmare eyes!

  • gartrek

    Psycho! I hope she finds a nice ‘girlfriend’ to keep her warm!

    • Ralph bets it's about to become

      PARTY TIME – can I come ?

  • Sue

    I agree, 14 months is not long enough when time and time again she and Denny Hecker dismissed everything the court had said and thought they would get away with it like it didn’t matter to them they were going to do whatever they wanted, even 10 years is not even enough time for Denny Hecker I would have given him life, and all he said was I’m sorry and I’m a good person yeah right.

  • Nick

    She got off too easy. The law is weak.

  • Peggy

    Nice hair cut.

  • John

    They probably have stashed their money somewhere. So after they come out, they still have more money than many of us. How is that working for the justice system?

  • Roger Wilson

    I expect that Denny married her so that she couldn’t be made to testify against her.
    Then, when she gets out, she will be able to enjoy the illegal off shore accounts that are likely scattered across the Caribbean.

    • Stu

      That’s exactly what I think. He “married” her so she couldn’t testify against him. The next thing the courts should do is declare their marriage illegal, since it was. Marriages have to take place IN PERSON. Their pastor is a moron for falling for their latest trick. The state will probably now have to take care of her unloved unfortunate children. No more ill gotten toys for Hecker’s children.

  • Joy

    I feel bad for her kids who clearly don’ rate higher than money and greed with this stupid woman. Their mother is going away and that’s all they know right now.

  • Alan McAllister

    @John…if I was breaking the law in that way…I sure as heck would have stashed some money someplace so when I am out in 10 years, I would have something to fall back on. Am I saying that is OK? No, not at all, I hope he was not that smart. But if it was me…I would have stashed a bunch of money. But I am not a criminal so that would never happen…just sayin if I was..

  • Joe

    Maybe she will meet ” Juile ” the jaiil babe and they can give each other wax jobs and get her hair done

    • frustrated


  • tony

    Lock er up

    • Rachael says

      and strap her down :-)

      • Thomas gets it

        Then send in
        Bozo the Clown lol

      • Gizzards and stuffing

        If he don’t werk
        I’m her jerk

      • Hey there bangbro

        straps …. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
        where she at? Come on ….. where she at?????

      • Josie

        MyFreeProductSamples on October 14, 2011 @MsExoticBliss Hey tnhaks! I try to keep it nice and clean and only post stuff I’d order personally myself!

  • Sandi

    She is lucky she only got 14 months. Too bad she didn’t think more about her children and less about money and she wouldn’t be seperated from them now. We, as parents, and I include myself, don’t think often enough how our actions affect our children. There really should be a training to be a parent. We have to get a license to drive a car, build a house, etc. etc. but not to raise children. Interesting, huh?……………..

    • You there?????!!!!!!

      you want mandated parent licensure Sandi? More gubbermint regs?
      I get what ya saying but come on – can’t regulate stuoidity anyway now can we

      • Sandi

        I never mentioned the government. I said “training” as in courses in parenting, which there are some. I never said I wanted parent licensure. I just think it’s interesting that you have to get a license for all those other things that are inanimate objects with no feelings. My post was just my thoughts, not an endorsement for more government regulations. There is plenty of that already!

    • wakeupmpls

      No, not interesting. What? Children granted by government permit?

      • Ralph bets license and mandated training talk soon

        and inseminated by the GOP or maybe the TeaPeas? Matters not – they shoot blanks mostly so

      • Sandi

        Again, I say, I never mentioned the government. I was merely making an observation. I did not say there should be mandated parent licensure or children granted by government permit. Enough said on my part.

  • wakeupmpls

    You all realize that politicians steal more than that from us every minute, right? Where is their punishment?

  • DS

    hey denny, ever heard of the term “trophy wife”? if you marry a woman 20yrs younger than you for “true love” she should at least be hot. jeez get it together, haha!

    • yesssirrrreeeee DS

      DS – ya ever see her in person when she can spiffy up??? just wondering ;-)

  • Kent

    Mean people..Mean People.
    But most of you are right!

  • LJK

    I read where she got that $400 haircut at someplace called the Jon Charles Salon. Looks to me like she had it cut by Ray himself, at the Ray Charles Salon!!
    14 months is not NEARLY enough for this plastic, suburban, BEYOTCH!!

  • Allan

    tbone. Like you reference to Scarface.

  • Rufus

    LJK – you still bald no? So this must be jealousy a talkin’ ??????

    DAH: wet my whistle in the thistle of life

    • shamoo

      you animal

  • mark from


  • Hey there bangbro

    A) not human
    B) human enough if ya get my drift

  • what is she really wanting after long days done?

    Got a brat on the grill

    • Easy on the animals now

      a big thick juicy piece of real meat
      maybe coke on the side?

  • ThomasD


    at night

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