Raffaello Follieri has continued his scuzzy ways, thankfully without embarrassing his (now ex) girlfriend Anne Hathaway. She so did not need this during her press rounds for Get Smart, especially considering her close call just this week.
Maybe having a con-artist boyfriend (excuse me, ex) would be a little hot if he weren’t so bad at it: Follieri was arrested today on suspicion of operating a fradulent real estate scheme that he claimed was somehow related to the Vatican. The charges? Wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy in Manhattan Federal Court. Here’s more:
The complaint contends Follieri got millions of dollars in investment money from a private equity firm based on his misrepresentations that he had close connections with the Vatican that enabled him to buy the Catholic Church’s unwanted U.S. real estate properties at a discount.
Instead, Follieri and others used the investors’ money for expensive clothes and restaurant meals, a $37,000-a-month Manhattan apartment, dog-walking services and other personal expenditures including medical expenses for his girlfriend at the time, according to the complaint.
Follieri is currently being held on $21 million bail and will remain on house arrest if he does pay it out. I’d say that Anne got out while the getting was good, wouldn’t you?