Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Anne Hathaway’s Ex is Charged with Money Laundering

Reuters reports that Raffaello Follieri, an Italian businessman who had been a long time boyfriend of actress Anne Hathaway, was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering today in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Investigators believe that Follieri was operating a scheme in which he led potential investors to believe that he had close connections to the Vatican which enabled him to purchase the Catholic Church’s unwanted real estate properties in the US at bargain prices. The complaint made stated that Follieri falsely represented himself as an official Vatican financial officer and that he had previously met with the Pope in Rome.

Follieri as well as others used the investors’ money to purchase several luxuries like expensive clothes, restaurant meals, and his $37,000 a month Manhattan apartment.

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