Filippo Bernardini, a 29-year-old Italian citizen and resident of London, was arrested at the New York airport last night on charges of trying to obtain the identities of various operators in the publishing world for years. Unpublished manuscripts. His victims include Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and American actor Ethan Hawke.
In a statement, the Italian, who worked at the New York District Attorney’s Office, Simon & Schuster, was charged with computer fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Bernardini “used his knowledge from the industry to send unpublished books and texts by writers, pretending to be an agent, publisher or talent scout,” with the intent of “stealing ideas for his own benefit,” explained Michael Triskol, assistant director of the local FBI office.
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