Con-man and former doer of Anne Hathaway, Raffaello Follieri pleaded guilty today to charges of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. He’s staring at five years in prison and possible deportation. E! Online reports:
“I did not have investor authorization to use the money that way,” the 30-year-old Follieri stated after pleading guilty to all 14 counts stemming from his June 24 bust. “I knew what I did was wrong.”
Follieri has been negotiating with prosecutors to reach a deal on a litany of charges. Authorities said the Italian import lied about Vatican ties in order to buy church properties well below their going rate only to flip them at a fast profit as well as diverting up to $6 million from investors to finance his–and an unknowing Hathaway’s–high-rollin’ lifestyle.
All told, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, eight counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering. As part of his plea, he also agreed to pay back $2 million.
Anne Hathaway still asserts she had no idea about Raffaello’s shady dealings. Apparently, he tricked her to believing everyone that works in real estate owns ceremonial priest garbs and straps uncirculated bills to their inner thighs. Okay, sure. In the meantime, I wonder what else he conned her into. Wait, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Twister! Anal?! Jesus, man, I totally wasn’t thinking that – until now. Can I change my answer?