Attorneys Granted Additional Time in Lakeside Auto Federal Fraud Case
The attorneys for the owner and finance manager of an Erie County car dealership who both face federal charges for fraud will have additional time to file motions before the case heads to trial, according to a ruling made by a U.S. District Judge Thursday.
Lakeside Auto owner Andy Gabler pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of fraud during his arraignment in late August.
Gabler is accused of reporting phony vehicle sales and submitting false paperwork on loans.
Lakeside Auto had three locations with dealerships in Harborcreek, North East and Girard.
A court-ordered receiver took over operations at the dealerships in January after Gabler defaulted on millions of dollars in loans. That's when the FBI searched those dealerships as well as Gabler's Harborcreek home.
Finance manager Chad Bednarski was also charged in the case.
Authorities said the pair falsely reported that customers had made down payments. They are also accused of inflating customers' income on their loan applications.
Any pretrial motions must be filed on or before Nov. 25, according to the judge's ruling.
Both men face up to 510 years and prison and $17 million in fines if they are convicted.