MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Disgraced former Minnesota auto dealer Denny Hecker has been released from a Minneapolis re-entry center after more than seven years in federal custody.
The 66-year-old Hecker was released Tuesday. He was sentenced in 2011 after pleading guilty to bankruptcy and wire fraud.READ MORE: 'It Was Pretty Chaotic': 3 Dead In Montana Amtrak Train Derailment
At one point, Hecker owned 26 car dealerships and a car rental agency, but his financial success took a turn during the Great Recession as the economy struggled and car sales decreased.READ MORE: Boy, Man Grazed By Bullets In South Minneapolis Shooting
Hecker filed for bankruptcy in June 2009, when he owed $767 million. Prosecutors say he took tens of millions from auto lenders, including Chrysler Financial, to live an opulent lifestyle.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: #Top10WxWeekend Continues With Summery Sunday
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