Man authorities say masterminded massive California textbook theft ring is sentenced to prison

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LOS ANGELES — A man authorities say masterminded a scheme to steal thousands of textbooks from four Southern California school districts, then resell them, has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Corey Frederick pleaded no contest Tuesday to four felony counts of embezzlement and one count of bribing a public official. He was sentenced to five years and eight months behind bars.

The 44-year-old must also repay nearly $800,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Authorities say Frederick operated Long Beach-based wholesaler Doorkeeper Textz and began taking books from school districts in 2008 by paying bribes to school officials. He then sold them through textbook distributors.

The scheme began to unravel in December 2010 when prosecutors started looking into reports of embezzlement in the Inglewood Unified School District.

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