Anne Hathaway's ex gets 4.5 years in prison
To tie a bow on the sad saga of Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri, the AP reports a judge sentenced the Italian businessman to 4 1/2 years in prison for bilking millions from investors. It's not that bad, really, considering he could have gotten more than 5 years.
"I dishonored my family name and embarrassed the church I love. I'll never be able to wash away that stain, and I will have to live with it the rest of my life," the 30-year-old said through an Italian interpreter before he was sentenced. "I just hope someday those who have been hurt by my actions can forgive me."
U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl said Follieri had engaged in a significant fraud that hurt investors, will financially ruin him and will cause him to be deported after his prison term. The judge wasn't too happy with Raf's "lavish personal expenditures," which included a $37,000-a-month Manhattan apartment and a movie-star lifestyle, funded with the cash he swindled.
Follieri said he started off with good intentions but "instead, I made some terrible mistakes. I always thought I could repair the wrongdoing, but I was wrong."
Part of his reparations include forfeiting $2.4 million when he pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. That's what happens when you claim to be the Vatican's chief financial offer and tell people you can get them great deals on church land. But then, who believes that kind of stuff?