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Two men sentenced to federal prison for textbook thefts

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Published: Jan. 23, 2019 at 8:40 AM CST
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Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing textbooks from University of Wisconsin schools.

Chief Judge William C Griesbach sentenced Ryan Lewis to eight months in prison and three years on supervised release. Restitution was set at $22,136.57.

The judge sentenced Genesis G Abellar to six months in prison and three years on supervised released. Restitution was set at $22,136.57.

Last July, a federal grand jury indicted Lewis and Abellar on counts of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and interstate transportation of stolen property.

The indictment alleges the Houston residents stole textbooks from offices at UW-Green Bay, UW-Whitewater, UW-Stout, and UW-River Falls. They shipped the stolen books to Texas to sell to college students.

The case was investigated by UW-Green Bay Police, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lewis and Abellar were convicted on count one of the indictment. Count two was dismissed.

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