Follieri scam hits A.C. monsignor

NEW YORK (AP) - September 23, 2008 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."

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