Chrysler dealer in trouble. It's not what you think

Donna Harris covers retail issues for Automotive News
Like many Chrysler dealers, Gary Barbera faces one of the biggest challenges of his life, but not for the reasons you might think.

His floorplan lender didn't pull his credit line, and Chrysler didn't yank his franchises.

No, this Gladwyne, Pa., dealer isn't a victim of Chrysler's brutal survival strategy. Barbera instead has pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Philadelphia says Barbera underreported income from his Chrysler and Dodge dealerships and used those businesses to pay some of his personal expenses, resulting in a tax loss of $77,675.

When he is sentenced in September, he faces up to three years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000.

Chrysler says it'll likely end its relationship with Barbera.

The dealership, however, can continue.