Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public safety

Tampa man accused of stealing $3 million in textbooks

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TAMPA — A man accused of stealing and reselling thousands of books from a former publishing employer was arrested this week, federal documents show.

For the past seven years, Christopher Brock, 44, diverted about 16,000 college textbooks from the New Jersey-based publishing company John Wiley & Sons, according to records.

Brock claimed the books were "free education samples" for professors. Instead, he shipped the books to himself and then sold them through PayPal accounts, records show.

The estimated value of the books is nearly $3 million.

Brock used the money for "personal expenditures," records show, including scuba diving equipment and home furnishings.

Brock, whose address is listed as 16287 Enclave Village Drive, was arrested Wednesday on a wire fraud charge.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, but was released to federal agents Thursday morning.

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