Hecker’s Items Auctioned, Girlfriend Under Fire
A new batch of Denny Hecker's personal items will be sent to the auction block, according to a Wednesday court order.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel signed the order, which gives bankruptcy trustee Randall Seaver permission to sell a host of items belonging to the fallen auto mogul, who's now in jail.
Among those items are eight guns, several all-terrain and recreational vehicles, a 1988 Mercedes Benz, a 2003 Toyota pickup, several dozen expensive watches, five scooters, and two Segways. Numerous other personal items, and several of Hecker's homes, were auctioned earlier this year.
Also on Wednesday, Hecker's girlfriend, Christi Rowan, narrowly escaped jail time for failing to provide Seaver or Kressel with a list detailing the fraudulently obtained Prudential Insurance money that she got from Hecker-along with information about how she spent it. Kressel had previously ordered Rowan to turn over such list by October 7, but she failed to comply with the order.
Seaver has previously indicated that he believes Rowan-who previously pleaded guilty to bank fraud-received $18,015 of $154,000 in Prudential policies that Hecker is alleged to have illegally cashed this summer.
Seaver filed a motion earlier this week requesting that Rowan be found in contempt of court for her failure to produce the required documents.
“It is apparent that Rowan has acquired assets with [Hecker bankruptcy] estate funds and has failed or refused to either disclose the same or to turn over said assets as required by the order,” Seaver wrote in the motion. “For instance, she apparently shopped at Neiman Marcus with the bankruptcy estate's money. Nothing purchased at Neiman Marcus has been turned over to the trustee.”
According to the Star Tribune, Rowan's attorney asked the court on Wednesday for more time to produce the requested documents and said that she needed to stay out of jail so that she could care for her children.
Kressel reportedly told Rowan that she had until Tuesday to provide a list detailing the insurance money she received and how she spent it. If Rowan fails to appear at a December 10 hearing to discuss the matter, U.S. marshals will track her down.
Hecker filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as an individual in June 2009. He was later charged with bankruptcy fraud related to false declaration and pertaining to transfer and concealment of funds.
In a separate criminal case, the government accuses him of defrauding lenders by forging documents to obtain more than $100 million in loans, and he was indicted on 26 felony charges relating to fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and bankruptcy fraud.
Hecker pleaded guilty last month to two of the 26 criminal counts he faced. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
In October, Hecker was taken into custody after refusing to supply a sufficient answer when asked where his money comes from and why he hasn't paid for his public attorney.