High-Rolling Hathaway Ex Charged With Fraud

Raffaelo Follieri said to use Vatican in scam, which ensnared billionaire Burkle, others
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 4:52 PM CDT
Anne Hathaway and Raffaello Follieri arrive for the 80th Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2008, in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Actress Anne Hathaway’s ex-boyfriend was charged today with defrauding investors of millions with a real-estate scheme in which Raffaello Follieri claimed intimate connections with the Vatican, the Smoking Gun reports. Billionaire Ron Burkle appears to be the "principal investor" scammed by Follieri, 29, who used Burkle’s money to bankroll private jets, pricey vacations and generally luxe living with his "then girlfriend." The pair broke up earlier this month.