NEW YORK (AP) - A Manhattan judge has sentenced actress Anne
Hathaway's ex-boyfriend to 4 and a-half years in prison for
cheating investors by claiming he had Vatican connections that
allowed him to buy Catholic Church property at a discount.
Raffaello Follieri pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and had agreed to forfeit $2.4 million.
Prosecutors said Follieri claimed he was the chief financial officer of the Vatican, and had shown at least one business contact a phony letter purportedly written to him in 2002 by Pope John Paul II.
Prosecutors say he used millions of dollars from investors to
travel the world on private planes, enjoying expensive hotels and
renting yachts. He spent $37,000 a month for a Manhattan apartment.
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