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Sep 5, 2013 9:39 PM by Eric Ross

12 workers indicted in LA-area school book thefts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors say 12 employees from four Southern California school districts have been indicted for stealing thousands of textbooks.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement Thursday that those arrested in a huge scheme set up by a book buyer include two librarians, a campus supervisor and a former warehouse manager.

Those indicted come from financially troubled school districts in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Lynwood and Bellflower.

The indictment alleges that the employees were recruited by 43-year-old Corey Frederick, operator of Doorkeeper Textz in Long Beach, who paid school employees anywhere from $600 to $47,000 per person for stolen books, then resold them between 2008 and 2010.

Twelve of the 13 indicted pleaded not guilty. The status of the 13th was unclear.

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