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Vatican-scammer Not Happy with Jail Conditions

NEW YORK (AP) - Italian con man Raffaello Follieri, who went from dating actress Anne Hathaway to serving a prison term for fraud, isn't enjoying the "unspeakably unsanitary" conditions at a federal jail in Brooklyn.

Follieri is serving a 4 1/2 year prison term after pleading guilty to cheating investors out of millions of dollars. He had falsely claimed he had Vatican connections that enabled him to buy church property at a discount.

His lawyer says Follieri reports that he's in a windowless dormitory with about 120 others. He says he can't eat because the food appears to be spoiled and that there's excrement in the shower and rats are roaming freely in the area.

A judge has asked the government to investigate the conditions.

Before being caught, Follieri's playboy lifestyle included a $37,000-a-month Manhattan apartment and lavish vacations with Hathaway.

The couple dated for four years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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