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Published On: Fri, Jun 21st, 2013

Christopher Brock, Oklahoman man charged with stealing $2.8 million in textbooks

An Oklahoma man who worked as a textbook salesman at Hoboken-based John Wiley & Sons stole more than $2.8 million in textbooks from his former employer through an elaborate scheme, federal authorities announced Thursday.

Christopher J. Brock, age 44, was arrested in Tampa, Florida by FBI special agents on a criminal complaint charging him with wire fraud.

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

According to a complaint released by federal court in New Jersey, Brock accessed company computers remotely to divert 16,000 textbooks and other items designated as free educational samples for schools and teachers to himself.

Brock disguised his fraudulent activity by designating both real and fabricated professors as the supposed recipients of the materials, according to court papers, and listed his home address as well as other addresses under his supervision as the shipping destinations.

After receiving the stolen textbooks, Brock sold them to re-sellers over the Internet, receiving payment through PayPal accounts that he controlled, according to the complaint.

Brock’s charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine.

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