Judge orders Hecker jailed until sentencingby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The federal judge presiding over Denny Hecker's criminal case on Tuesday ordered the fallen auto mogul to stay in jail until sentencing.
U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said Hecker's attorneys can ask that he be released before his sentencing date, which is expected to be early next year. But it's clear the judge is already fed up with Hecker.
On Monday, Davis jailed Hecker, saying he needed a "wake-up call." Hecker pleaded guilty in September to fraud charges, but prosecutors accuse him of spending large sums of money since then.
Hecker was sent to jail after he was unable to explain how he could pay utility bills but hadn't paid for his public defender, Barbara May.
According to a written order issued by Davis on Tuesday, Hecker must provide "a full financial accounting to the court" for June 1 until now during a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Hecker pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from a scheme against Chrysler Financial and other lenders that prosecutors said cost them more than $20 million in losses.
One of Hecker's attorneys, Brian Toder, confirmed Tuesday that the defense team will file a motion to get Hecker out of jail before he is sentenced.
But Toder said they will likely wait until after Wednesday's hearing "so we can get a better feel for what prompted the judge to issue the order after first describing the incarceration as a 'wake-up call.'"