iOS app Android app More

How Rafaello Follieri Scammed A Priest

September 23, 2008 05:17 PM EST | AP

Compare other versions »
I Like ItI Don’t Like It

NEW YORK — A Roman Catholic priest in Atlantic City, N.J., has told officials that he was a victim of a scam by an Italian businessman who also was actress Anne Hathaway's boyfriend.

Monsignor William Hodge came forward as a victim of Raffaello Follieri in a letter to federal probation officials.

He says Follieri duped him out of $110,000 by claiming he needed the money to pay nuns. Hodge says his parents left him the money.

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

Prosecutors say Follieri told investors he wanted to buy unneeded property from Roman Catholic churches but used their money to travel with his then-girlfriend.

Hathaway is the star of "The Devil Wears Prada."


Information from: Daily News,

Filed by Katherine Thomson  |  Report Corrections