BENNINGTON -- Legal woes continue to mount for a Manchester publisher convicted of a $200,000 fraud scheme, the latest round alleging that he violated a condition of his probation by publishing an e-book through Amazon.
In April 2013, Peter Campbell-Copp, 65, was placed on probation after he pleaded no contest to 15 felony counts of false pretenses, one count of theft of services, and four misdemeanor counts of bad checks.
Campbell-Copp defrauded dozens of authors and one printer out of roughly $200,000. He would make agreements for the authors to give him between $8,000 and $10,000 to have their books put together and published, however Campbell-Copp would not live up to his end of the bargain. Police said what he did resembled a Ponzi scheme.
He was sentenced to serve six months in prison, then another six months on home confinement, along with a 20-year suspended sentence and indefinite probation.
"You shall not be employed or work in the book publishing business or similar fields," is a condition of his probation. According to court documents, on Feb. 16, 2014, he violated this by authoring the e-book "Dance of the Fireflies (The Adventures of Jonathan Sage)," and putting it up for sale through Amazon.com for $2.99.
Campbell-Copp denied violating his probation and was released under his existing conditions.
The book appears to be still available on Amazon.com. "Lost them.
Campbell-Copp is listed as the author of "Thunder in October," which is also available as an e-book on Amazon. Amazon user "Peter N Copp" posted a five-star review on "Thunder in October," saying it was written 17 years ago. The review indicates it is a children’s book and "teaches children correct principles dealing with the danger of guns."
In October of last year, Campbell-Copp was charged with a new felony count of false pretenses. It was alleged that before his trial was set to start, he borrowed $28,000 from a woman under a false pretext with no intention of paying the money back as he promised. That charge remains pending.
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