Prosecutors: Throw book at Raffaello Follieri
Do you think pretending to be a real estate agent for the Vatican, bilking investors out of multiple zeroes and then blowing it all on a glam lifestyle (including a $37,000 per month Manhattan apartment) deserves leniency? Neither do prosecutors in the case against Anne Hathaway's former boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri.
Follieri is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for cheating people out of millions of dollars after pleading guilty and promising to serve four years in prison. The prosecutors have asked the judge to not show any leniency, which is fine by us. He faces as much as 5 1/2 years in prison for 14 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.
"Unlike narcotics traffickers and violent felons who often come from impoverished families, lack education and other opportunities, and grow up surrounded by bad influences, Follieri apparently had the background, family values and education to know better," federal prosecutors said. You know, they could always use biblical punishments back, like stoning or something. That'd be poetic.
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