Denny Hecker has been ordered to pay Ford Motor Co. $3.15 million by a federal judge in Minnesota, Paul Omodt, a spokesman for the dealer, confirmed today.
The Ford ruling in U.S. District Court follows last weeks $476.9 million court judgment against Hecker for Chrysler Financial Services LLC.
The Ford suit was filed in January and alleged that Heckers now closed Ford/Lincoln-Mercury store in Stillwater, Minn., owed the car company more than $3.1 million.
According to the suit, Stillwater Ford Lincoln-Mercury owed Ford $95,054.48 for four new vehicles intended for retail sales and $2,219,786.20 for 80 vehicles intended for fleet customers. The suit also contends that the dealership owed $830,524 for parts.
The suit claimed it first notified the dealership on Nov. 13 that it was in breach of contract and demanded either the money or the return of the vehicles, but Hecker never replied.
Chrysler Financials larger suit also charged Hecker with being out of trust and for failing to pay loans made to the car dealer for financing rental and fleet vehicles and for personal reasons.
Hecker now has one dealership -- a Toyota franchise in surburban Minneapolis. When Chrysler cut his credit lines last November, he had 17 dealerships with several franchises in Minnesota and California.
Hecker also has lost his rental car company and his fleet and leasing business.