03/04/2013 02:57 pm ET

Anne Hathaway's Ex, Raffaello Follieri, Wants Presidential Pardon

Anne Hathaway has likely spent the last few years trying to forget about her ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri, who was arrested in 2008 and convicted of fraud and money laundering.

Follieri was released from federal prison in May 2012, and sources told the New York Post that the real estate scammer "must be dying that he's missing the limelight," now that Hathaway is a much-talked-about, Oscar-winning actress.

Sources say the Italian businessman, who dated Hathaway for four years, is trying to buy an energy company in Switzerland, but he's having a difficult time getting the money to do so. According to the Post's insider, Follieri misses America and wants to lobby for a presidential pardon, as he can't return to the U.S. as a felon.

Hathaway has since moved on from the con artist, and married Adam Shulman this past September, but the embarrassment of being duped by Follieri is believed to have caused her to second guess herself.

"I felt so foolish initially, and I expected everyone to judge me, but all I got from family members, friends and strangers – from every corner – was compassion. I found it so humbling, and it really got me through everything," Hathaway told the Telegraph in 2010.

Though the actress had no knowledge of his fraudulent dealings, she was pulled into the case when she was forced to hand over thousands of dollars worth of jewelry to the authorities, which later went up for auction.



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