Con Artist Who Duped Authors Pleads Guilty

From an AP story by Bobby Caina Calvan headlined “Con artist pleads guilty in phishing plot that duped authors”:

A yearslong saga that ensnared the publishing world culminated in a New York courtroom Friday when a con artist pleaded guilty to a plot that defrauded scores of authors by duping them into handing over hundreds of unpublished manuscripts.

Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who had been working in publishing in London, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud in connection with a phishing scheme that baffled the book world for years.