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Roffaello Follieri Arrested, Again


First a bounced check, then an investigation by the IRS, now Raffaello Follieri has been arrested on charges of wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering. It's good it didn't take too long for Anne Hathaway to get smart and drop the shady Italian businessman.

Follieri will go to trial today to face the charges. It appears Hathaway's ex may have told an investor that the Vatican had appointed him its chief financial officer, when in fact the religious institution had not.

That's a whopper of a lie if I've ever heard one. Fabricating employment with the Vatican? Now that's just asking for some serious karmic retribution.

According to prosecutors, Follieri used the Vatican to purchase U.S. properties owned by the Catholic church at a discounted rate. That's like stealing your grandmother's handicap placard to get a better spot, but worse.

But, the 29-year-old should be used to dealing with the law by now. Earlier this month Follieri was under investigation by the New York State Attorney General for failing to file the requisite IRS tax disclosure forms for his charitable Follieri Foundation. He was also arrested in April for bouncing a $215,000 check.

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