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A federal grand jury indicted two Houston men with stealing textbooks from UW System schools, including UW-Whitewater, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release sent Tuesday.

Ryan S. Lewis and Genisis G. Abellar, both 35, are accused of stealing textbooks from instructors’ offices and shipping them to a business in Texas that then sold the books to students, according to the release.

The two men did this at UW-Whitewater, UW-Green Bay, UW-Stout and UW-River Falls, the release states. Prosecutors also believe they carried the plan out at colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington state.

The two men could face up to 15 years imprisonment if found guilty of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and interstate transportation of stolen property, according to the release.

Local, state and federal police investigated the case, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will prosecute it.

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