Anne with ex-beau Raffaello Follieri

Anne's Ex Jailed

26 Oct 2008

Fraudster gets four year prison term

ANNE HATHAWAY's ex-boyfriend RAFFAELLO FOLLIERI has been sentenced to a four-and-a-half year prison spell after pleading guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering

The 30-year-old Italian was arrested back in June - two weeks after the actress ended their four-year romance - and accused of posing as the Vatican's representative in America, and duping investors into believing the church would sell him property at a discount.

Follieri admitted the charges.

In court, his lawyer claimed he became "intoxicated" by the A-list circles Hathaway moved in, and swindled the money in a bid to keep up the pair's lavish New York lifestyle.

The sentence, handed down in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, is the result of a plea deal, which spares Follieri the maximum possible sentence of 265 years. He agreed not to appeal any sentence less than 63 months in prison.

He also agreed to forfeit money he made illegally, amounting to US$2.44 million and a number of valuable items of jewellery.