A London publishing staffer has been arrested and charged by the FBI with allegedly stealing hundreds of book manuscripts over several years.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on 5th January that 29-year-old Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who works as a rights co-ordinator at S&S UK, was charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft “in connection with a multi-year scheme to impersonate individuals involved in the publishing industry in order to fraudulently obtain hundreds of pre-publication manuscripts of novels and other forthcoming books”.