F.B.I. Arrests Man Accused of Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts

Filippo Bernardini, a 29-year old Italian citizen who worked in publishing, was charged with wire fraud and identity theft for a scheme to steal book manuscripts from multiple established publishers that prosecutors said affected hundreds of people over five or more years.

According to The New York Times and many other sources, such as The Guardian and Vulture, Bernardini's motive remains a mystery since the books he allegedly stole, most of them advance copies, never appeared on the black market and publishers received no requests for ransom payments.