Denny Hecker's 4th wife sought $15M, settles for $100K


Disgraced Minnesota auto mogul Denny Hecker's ex-wife Tamitha has agreed to settle for a fraction of what she had sought from her jailed ex-husband, the Pioneer Press reports.

Hecker's fourth wife had sought $15 million as part of her divorce settlement, citing their prenuptial agreement, although her former husband disputed the claim, the newspaper reports. The deal is subject to approval by a bankruptcy judge.

The two were married 15 years but divorced in 2009, not long after Hecker filed for personal bankruptcy, with creditors saying he owed $767 million.

Hecker has also had divorce settlement disputes with his second wife, Sandra. The former multi-millionaire went to jail in 2010 over $5,000 he owed her.

Hecker, 61, is now serving a 10-year sentence for bankruptcy fraud and for lying to creditors stemming from his former Twin Cities auto empire.

Hecker has been moved from prison to prison – he landed at his ninth facility in 14 months in April, a minimum-security prison in Littleton, Colo.

Hecker married his fifth wife, Christi Rowan-Hecker, via phone in February 2011 while he was incarcerated, She told WCCO that the two were made for each other.

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Denny Hecker's wife breaks silence; Hecker speaks from prison

The wife of fallen Twin Cities businessman Denny Hecker breaks her silence in an interview with WCCO-TV. Christi Rowan-Hecker explained the nature of her marriage to Hecker, who is currently housed at a low-security federal prison in Loretto, Penn. -- his sixth prison since being sentenced to 10 years for fraud.

Denny Hecker moved to 6th prison

For the sixth time in five months, Denny Hecker has a new home. The convicted Twin Cities auto dealer is now housed at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pa., according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Loretto is a low-security facility that also has an adjacent minimum-security prison camp, according to its online profile.

Denny Hecker on the move again, headed to a Pennsylvania prison

Hecker is at a federal transfer center in Oklahoma City, before being moved to a low-security prison near Pittsburgh. The convicted Twin Cities auto mogul was initially held in Duluth before being transferred to Wisconsin in February. Most recently, Hecker was serving his 10-year sentence at a medium security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Denny Hecker moved again, to Indiana prison

Prison officials confirm Hecker has been moved again, this time to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. Prison authorities in Duluth had recently placed him in special confinement away from the prison's general population. He was then transferred to a medium-security facility in Wisconsin.

Christi Rowan, Hecker's wife, out of prison

Christi Rowan is out of prison and in some form of "supervised custody" after serving 10 months of a 14-month sentence for bank fraud and theft. Denny Hecker is serving 10 years in a federal prison camp in Duluth.

Report: Hecker to be transfered again

Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Corrections told the Star Tribune that Denny Hecker isn’t done traveling yet. They declined to say where he’ll be moved next. The former Twin Cities auto-mogul was at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Friday afternoon. Authorities in Duluth recently took him out of the prison’s general population before he was transferred to a medium-security facility near Madison, Wisconsin, Thursday.