It is a mystery that has rocked the literary world for many years. U.S. officials say the FBI has arrested an employee of the renowned Simon & Schuster publishing house on suspicion of stealing literary evidence from authors.
Filippo Bernardini, a 29-year-old Italian man, was arraigned in a New York court on Thursday, the day after his arrest at JFK Airport, on charges of electronic fraud and misdemeanor theft, punishable by up to 22 years in prison.
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He was placed on $ 300,000 bond. “Its property will be guaranteed”, And placed “Home Guard” With “Curfew”A spokesman for the Manhattan Federal Attorney told AFP.
He worked at Simon & Schuster in London, and is suspected of receiving “Hundreds of Unpublished Manuscripts”, Describes the accusation spread by the American justice system, sometimes by writing to known authors or their representatives, managers of publications, or literary agents with false e-mail addresses.
The motives are not yet clear
In 2019, one of the targeted Margaret Atwood revealed her agent, especially the tests of the highly anticipated sequel to “The Scarlet Handmade”, “Testaments”. Other writers, such as Sally Rooney, Ian McQueen or actor Ethan Hawke, were also targeted, according to a study by the “New York Times” in late 2020.
According to American justice, the Pulitzer Prize winner was sent to him “His manuscript will be published”, He thought he was his publisher.
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The intentions of Filippo Bernardini are not yet clear. It is not stated in the indictment what he did with the recovered works and whether he received any financial gain from them.
Simon & Schuster announced their presence “Suspended” His employee, “Additional information about the case is pending”, Says “Shock and horror” By the actions of the suspect.
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