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In a statement issued by the ABAA, seen by ATG, it said John Schulman of Caliban Books in Pittsburgh “tendered his resignation from the ABAA, which has been accepted. The ABAA very much regrets the circumstances that led to this member's resignation, and hopes that justice will be served as the situation plays out.”

Schulman, 54, is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, dealing in proceeds of illegal activity, conspiracy, retail theft, theft by deception, forgery and deceptive business practices.

Greg Priore, 61, of Oakland, who worked as the archivist and manager of the Carnegie Library’s rare book room since 1992, is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, retail theft, library theft, criminal mischief and forgery.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the charges allege Priore cut out pages of rare books from the library and sold them through the Caliban Book Shop.

Schulman co-founded Caliban Book Shop in 1991 and became an ABAA member in 1994.