Raffaello Follieri, the hustler who was finally dumped by pixie-ish actress Anne Hathaway last week, has been arrested in NYC for wire fraud and money laundering. The charges are related to an investment scam that Follieri ran, based on buying up Catholic church properties for profit. He suckered Ron Burkle and Bill Clinton, among others, with some ballsy lies:
He is accused of falsely telling an investor that he had been appointed as the chief financial officer of the Vatican.
Authorities say he claimed that, as a result of that connection, he and others could obtain properties of the Catholic church in the United States at a substantial discount to fair market value.
That wasn't true.