Man Accused of Collecting Hundreds of Unpublished Books From Big-Name Authors

Authorities state they have actually fixed a publishing secret with the arrest of Filippo Bernardini, an Italian person, implicated of many literary break-ins and supposedly impersonating members in the publishing market for many years.According to Damian Williams, U.S. lawyer for the Southern District of New York, authorities jailed Bernardini Wednesday after his arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He was anticipated to appear in federal court on Thursday.” Bernardini supposedly impersonated publishing market people in order to have authors, consisting of a Pulitzer reward winner, send him prepublication manuscripts for his own advantage,” Williams stated in the declaration.Bernardini, 29, deals with federal criminal charges, consisting of wire scams, which brings a charge of as much as 20 years in jail, and intensified identity theft.According to the indictment versus Bernardini, submitted in July however unsealed on Wednesday, the plans occurred from August 2016 through July2021This continuous secret continued to puzzle publishing market members for several years. According to the indictment, Bernardini gathered numerous unpublished works throughout the plan impersonating authors, editors, supervisors and publishers. Targeted works consist of manuscripts composed by Margaret Atwood, Ethan Hawke, Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr, Jennifer Egan, along with newbie authors. Bernardini never ever tried to offer any of these works, however appeared to hold on to them.The indictment mentions Bernardini “has actually been associated with the publishing market in London, United Kingdom, and he presently works as a Rights Coordinators for a significant, worldwide, U.S.-based publishing home.” According to the Associated Press, a Linked In page for Filippo B, an account thought to come from Bernardini, mentions he has an “fascination for the composed word” and notes him as a rights organizer for Simon & Schuster.In addition, Bernardini impersonated a New York City-based searching business to get details about upcoming books and got numerous unpublished manuscripts.Bernardini supposedly impersonated publishing market people and acquired unpublished manuscripts for his own advantage. An individual seeks advice from books in the Pergamo book shop on December 31, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. The Libreria Pergamo (Pergamo Book Shop) will close its doors after 76 years of trading on January 5th, 2022 as the owner Lourdes is retiring from work at 80 years of ages. Just Recently the Spanish Confederation of the Booksellers Guild and Associations (CEGAL) state that book shops have actually had an approximated development of 17%, with 2021 being among the very best in the last 10 years, thanks in part to the boom in graphic books.Carlos Alvarez/Getty ImagesAccording to the indictment, Bernardini “utilized deceitful, look-alike, domains to impersonate people associated with the publishing market to get surreptitious access to these products,” which for many years, he “impersonated, defrauded, and tried to defraud, numerous people.”In a declaration, a member from the publishing home stated it was “stunned and frightened to find out today of the claims of scams and identity theft by a staff member of Simon & Schuster UK.”The publisher stated Bernardini had actually been suspended pending extra details, including, “The safekeeping of our authors’ copyright is of main significance to Simon & Schuster, and for all in the publishing market, and we are grateful to the FBI for examining these occurrences and bringing charges versus the supposed wrongdoer.”The Associated Press added to this report. Read More