Gov’t Halts Hecker’s Wedding Attempt
Former auto mogul Denny Hecker attempted to get married Wednesday, but the government halted his plans, according to Minnesota's U.S. Attorney's Office.
At a hearing in late October, Hecker was granted the right to temporarily leave jail and meet with his legal counsel at the U.S. Attorney's Office to review accounting documents.
On Wednesday, Hecker took part in such a meeting-but he allegedly had other plans, too.
Prosecutors wrote a letter on Wednesday to Chief U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis requesting that Hecker be denied any future sessions at the Attorney's Office, as he had just abused his privileges by attempting an impromptu wedding with his girlfriend, Christi Rowan.
According to prosecutors, Hecker insisted to U.S. Marshals that he should be allowed to tote a bible to the meeting-a request that the Marshals refused.
Soon after, a pastor appeared, followed by Rowan. “It became clear to agents guarding Mr. Hecker that Ms. Rowan and the pastor were here for the purposes of participating in a wedding ceremony,” prosecutors wrote.
The government sent the pastor away, but Hecker's attorney said that Rowan was needed to help in the accounting process. Rowan was eventually turned away, too.
While Hecker is being held at Sherburne County jail, he can only see Rowan via video communication-and her trip to the Attorney's Office “may be designed to get around the video visit limitation” that typically keeps them apart, prosecutors wrote.
Casey T Rundquist, who is representing Hecker, wrote in a Thursday e-mail to Twin Cities Business that Hecker was informed ahead of time that no personal visits would be allowed while he was reviewing documents. He acknowledged that Rowan appeared with her attorney to provide documents for review, but she was not allowed to visit Hecker.
“While meeting with Mr. Hecker, an Assistant United States Attorney informed me that a pastor was in the waiting room, requesting to meet with Mr. Hecker,” Rundquist wrote. “I was asked if there was any purpose for the pastor to be there, and I said no. . . . I had no knowledge that a pastor was coming to visit Mr. Hecker.”
Sherburne County Jail does not permit weddings to take place with prisoners, and the “Marshals will allow a wedding to take place only upon order of this court,” the letter states.
The government asked that any future requests by Hecker and his counsel to rendezvous at the Attorney's Office be denied, because Hecker and his counsel have access to all of the necessary documents and can carry out their meetings at the jail.
The letter concludes as follows: “That Mr. Hecker would once again take a privilege and abuse it further demonstrates why the government will continue to oppose any motion for release.”
Hecker-who is accused by the government of defrauding lenders by forging documents to obtain more than $100 million in loans-pleaded guilty in September to two criminal charges: one count of bankruptcy fraud and one count related to conspiracy. He faces up to 10 years in prison.