Man Accused of Swiping $2.8M in ... Textbooks

Salesman used scheme to steal 16K books, say cops
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
This would be the tiniest fraction of the books the John Wiley allegedly stole. You know, if it weren't stock art.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Quick, what's the most you've ever stolen from an employer? If your answer was less than $2.8 million, you are probably a better employee than Christopher Brock, a 44-year-old textbook salesman for John Wiley & Sons who was arrested in Tampa this week for allegedly swiping 16,000 textbooks. Police say Brock used Wiley's computer system to designate the books as free samples, then sent them to various "professors" who lived at his home address and other addresses he controlled, reports Brock would then sell the books, taking money through PayPal, authorities say. Now he faces up to 20 years in prison—so, on the bright side, he'll have lots of time to study. (Read more textbooks stories.)

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