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Former auto dealer Denny Hecker moved to 7th prison

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Disgraced former Twin Cities auto mogul Denny Hecker has been moved to another prison. Again.

The new facility, Canaan Penitentiary, is outside Scranton, Pa., the Star Tribune reports. This makes seven total prisons for Hecker since he was arrested on fraud charges in 2010, the Star Tribune notes.

Hecker 60, pleaded guilty in September 2010 to bankruptcy fraud and to defrauding auto lenders, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Make that prisons. He's now spent stints in the Sherburne County jail and in federal facilities in Duluth, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma, and two in Pennsylvania, the Star Tribune reports.

Hecker was last moved in June 2012, to the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pa., then his sixth prison in five months.

Prison officials have not said specifically why Hecker is being moved, but prison experts say prisoners sometimes get shipped around as a form of "diesel therapy" – punishment for prisoners who don't follow rules, the Star Tribune reported.

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman told the newspaper that, in general, prisoners might get moved for any number of reasons, including behavioral issues, for the prisoner’s own safety or to get the prisoner closer to family.

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