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Hamburg man pleads guilty to textbook scheme

Posted at 7:12 AM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 07:12:44-04

A New York man has admitted to running a used textbook scheme that involved renting textbooks from one website and selling them on another.

Jeffrey Tomasik of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg pleaded guilty to mail fraud Thursday in federal court.

Prosecutors say he used aliases and at least 20 online accounts to rent textbooks from Amazon and other companies. But instead of returning them when the contracts expired, authorities say he sold them on eBay.

Tomasik also is accused of taking $50,000 from a used textbook business in California for books that were never delivered.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 14.