Bennington, Vermont - July 19, 2011
A Vermont man charged with bilking aspiring authors on the promise of publishing their books says he's not guilty.
Peter N. Campbell-Copp, 62, of Manchester, is charged with false pretenses and attempted false pretenses for allegedly defrauding writers and printing companies of thousands of dollars. He entered a not guilty plea Monday in Bennington Superior Court.
Hinesburg resident Rusty Devoid told police Campbell-Copp accepted $7,500 from him to publish a book but didn't.
Another alleged victim, Patricia Allen, told police Campbell-Copp was paid $8,500 to do editing and design work on a book but never did.
The Bennington Banner reports that Campbell-Copp was released on conditions, including that he not have contact with his accusers.
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