Mastermind in Textbook Theft Case Pleads, Sentenced to Prison

Textbooks-6Corey Frederick, 44, pleaded no contest to four felony counts of embezzlement and one felony count of bribing a public officer. He was immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry to five years, eight months in state prison and ordered to pay $793,306 in restitution to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Frederick was a book buyer and seller who operated “Doorkeeper Textz” in Long Beach. Over a two-year period beginning in May 2008, Frederick paid out more than $200,000 in bribes to a dozen school employees in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Lynwood and Bellflower school districts.

Frederick paid school employees anywhere from $600 up to $47,000 per person to steal textbooks in literature and language arts, economics, physics, anatomy and physiology.

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