MILWAUKEE — Two people have been indicted for their alleged connection with a scheme to steal college textbooks and resell them in Texas.
The duo, Ryan Scott Lewis, 35, and Genisis Garcia Abellar, 35, allegedly stole textbooks from instructors' offices at four different University of Wisconsin System institutions: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Whitewater, Stout and River Falls.
Lewis and Abellar are both Houston, Texas residents.
United States Attorney Matthew Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that Lewis and Abellar have been indicted by a grand jury.
Lewis and Abellar have reportedly shipped the textbooks they stole to a business in Texas, which would sell the books to other college students. They have been accused of carrying out the same plan in five other states, including Minnesota.
They face charges for conspiracy to transport stolen goods and interstate transportation of stolen property, which could carry up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
The UW-Green Bay Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI all contributed to the investigation according to a United States Attorney's Office press release.