Follieri scam hits A.C. monsignor

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text"> Raffaello Follieri, left, Founder and Chairman of the Follieri Fundation, and his girlfriend Anne Hathaway, U.S actress, take part in the first phase of a three day program giving 1,000 Hepatitis A vaccines in San Marcos, Carazo, some 25 miles south of Managua, Nicaragua, Tuesday, July, 25, 2006. This represents the first contribution to a vaccine program that will take the Follieri Fundation throughout Central America during the next five years. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Esteban Felix&#41;</span></div>
September 23, 2008 2:09:30 PM PDT
An Atlantic City monsignor has told officials that he was a victim of a scam by actress Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend. Monsignor William Hodge came forward as a victim in a letter to federal probation officials.

He told them that Raffaello Follieri duped him out of $110,000 left to him by his parents. He say the Italian businessman claimed he needed the money to pay nuns.

Follieri is to be sentenced on Oct. 3 to up to 65 years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty this month to wire fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say he duped investors out of money, telling them he wanted to buy unneeded property from Roman Catholic churches - but then used the money to travel the world with Hathaway, the star of "The Devil Wears Prada."

Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com


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