Gabler, 51, of Harborcreek and his former finance manager, Chad Bednarski, 49, of Fairview each pleaded guilty to one count of fraud conspiracy.
The charge involved using fake sales to defraud banks and other victims of $1.5 million between January 2015 and January 2019.
The pair was indicted in August 2019 on charges related to practices at Gabler’s Lakeside Auto Group dealership, which had locations in Girard, Harborcreek Township and North East Township.
The two were accused of a variety of illegal activities, ranging from reporting phony vehicle sales to submitting falsified information on loan documents. Bednarski was finance manager at Lakeside Auto Sales and Lakeside Chevrolet, another dealership Gabler owned.
Gabler was indicted on 17 counts — the conspiracy count and 12 counts of bank fraud and four counts of wire fraud. Bednarski, of Fairview, was indicted on 11 counts — the conspiracy count and six counts of bank fraud and four counts of wire fraud.