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Anne's Ex-Boyfriend Headed to Prison

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Oct. 23 2008, Published 9:31 a.m. ET

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Anne Hathaway must be thanking her lucky stars she tossed ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri to the curb when she did. On Thursday, a court sentenced the Italian businessman to four and a half years in prison for fraud.

Follieri, 30, pleaded guilty in September to fraudulently obtaining $2.4 million by misleading investors to believe he had Vatican connections that enabled him to buy the Roman Catholic Church's unwanted U.S. properties at a discount.

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Follieri and Hathaway dated for four years. They split in June amid reports that Raffaello was being investigated by the New York State Attorney General's office.

The Devil Wears Prada star admitted to being shocked by the scandal, telling W Magazine she felt like "a rug was pulled out from under me" when Follieri was arrested in June.

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