MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING BOOK MANUSCRIPTS--INCLUDING A PIECE BY MARGARET ATWOOD

Jan 06, 2022

By Gavin Day

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The FBI has arrested a man of accused of stealing unpublished book manuscripts and it features a Canadian connection.

Among the pieces he’s accused of stealing, works by Can-Lit legend Margaret Atwood and actor Ethan Hawke.

The FBI says the thefts and attempted thefts occurred primarily over email, by a fraudster impersonating publishing professionals who targeted authors, editors, agents and literary scouts who might have drafts of novels and other books.

The man arrested is identified as 29-year old Filippo Bernardini, a rights coordinator for Simon & Schuster UK.

He was charged with wire fraud and identity theft after being arrested upon arrival at JFK Airport in New York.

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