Textbook Salesman Charged with Theft of $2.8 Million


Christopher J. Brock, 44, of Yukon, Okla., was recently arrested in Tampa, Fla., and charged with wire fraud in connection with the theft of more than $2.8 million in textbooks and other items.

Brock was employed by John Wiley & Sons of Hoboken, N.J., as a district sales supervisor based in Oklahoma.

According to the complaint, Brock accessed Wiley's corporate systems and diverted more than 16,000 textbooks and other items to himself, having fraudulently designated the items as free educational samples for professors.

He allegedly designated both real and invented professors as the supposed recipients of the items, listing his own home addresses and other addressed he controlled as the shipping addresses for the items. When he received the items, he sold them to resellers in return for payments via PayPal.

The fraudulently obtained items caused losses to Wiley of more than $2.8 million. Brock allegedly spent the money he earned on personal expenditures, including high-end home furnishings and scuba gear.

If convicted, Brock faces up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss from the offense.