Oklahoma man sentenced for $2.8M in textbook thefts

Published: January 6, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Oklahoma man who stole more than $2.8 million in textbooks from his former employer in New Jersey and resold them is headed to federal prison.

Christopher Brock was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison. He also will have to serve two years of community service and pay restitution, which has not yet been determined.

The 46-year-old Yukon resident had pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Brock engaged in an elaborate scheme when he was employed as a salesman at John Wiley & Sons. He diverted more than 16,000 textbooks and other items from the Hoboken-based publisher and resold them for about $450,000.

Authorities say the money was spent on personal items, including scuba diving equipment and high-end furnishings.

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