The president of the Arlington, Tex.-based National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) has resigned his post, two days after FBI raids on his Pennsylvania home and dealerships.
Andy Gabler, owner of the Lakeside Auto Group, stepped down as NIADA president late this afternoon, explaining that his decision was “necessary and in the best interests of me, my family and the association.”
Gabler, who owns three automobile dealerships, in Girard, Penn., North East, Penn., and Harborcreek, Penn. confirmed the raid, telling a local reporter that his dealership has been experiencing financial difficulties. Despite the raid, they remain open for business. Gabler declined to say what the FBI was looking for when it executed search warrants on Wednesday, saying that his attorney is out of town and he would not comment further at this time.
The raid was officially confirmed by the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, who issued a statement in response to media inquiries.
“On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed court authorized federal search warrants at 4844 Buffalo Rd., Erie PA; 808 E. Main St., Girard PA; 10215 W. Main St., North East, PA; and 7598 Belle Rd., Harborcreek, PA as part of an ongoing investigation.”
According to a press release issued by NIADA, Gabler’s post will be filled by Henry Mullinax of Mullinax Auto Sales in Oxford, Ala.
NIADA represents the used motor vehicle industry comprised of more than 38,000 licensed used car dealers in the United States.