Seems Anne escaped just in time…
Reuters: An Italian businessman who had been the long-time boyfriend of actress Anne Hathaway was arrested on Tuesday on charges of operating a fraudulent real estate scheme that he claimed was linked to the Vatican, U.S. authorities said.
Raffaello Follieri, 29, was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering in a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He was expected to appear in court later in the day.
Follieri is accused of operating a scheme in which he led investors to believe 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, according to federal prosecutors and the FBI. [Note: An earlier AP story said he once claimed he was CFO of the Vatican. Maybe that was wrong.]
The WSJ has the complaint, which includes more shocking allegations…including Follieri convincing a monsignor to pretend to be a more senior clergyman.
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