Posted on January 4, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Filippo Bernardini, the man charged in a years-long series of book manuscript thefts (or attempted thefts), could plead guilty in the case on Friday, reports the New York Times.

The newspaper cited an email from the office of the US attorney for the Southern District of New York that was sent to victims yesterday.

Neither the US attorney's office nor Bernardini's lawyer commented on this report.

Bernardini was arrested early last year and charged with wire fraud in connection with the five-plus years that someone spent pretending to be a publishing-industry professional in order to gain access to unpublished manuscripts.

The motive, says the NY Times, remains unclear; the Justice Department hasn't said that any attempts were made to sell these manuscripts, leading some in the publishing industry to speculate the move was more about reputation enhancement.

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