Romanian businessman prosecuted for plagiarism after publishing his way out of jail
2016-05-25 20:58:42 GMT
"It seemed like a great idea at the time. But a 2013 provision in Romanian criminal sentencing law allowing prisoners to shorten their sentences by writing “books of scientific value” was quickly exploited to an absurd degree. Politicians and businesspeople hired numerous ghostwriters to create the books, which (to their relative credit) the prisoners then copied out by hand and had published via vanity presses."
"Copos, a former government minister who was serving time for fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering committed during his time in the private sector, allegedly stole the material for his book about “the matrimonial alliances of medieval Romanian rulers” from a graduate dissertation whose author, Catalin Parfene, has pointed out that while in prison Copos could not have had access to some of sources his book cites."
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