Hathaway's ex jailed for 54 months

Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri has been sentenced to a four-and-a-half-year prison spell after pleading guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

The 30-year-old Italian was arrested in June - two weeks after the actress ended their four-year romance - and accused of posing as the Vatican's representative in America, and duping investors into believing the church would sell him property at a discount.

Follieri admitted the charges.

In court, his lawyer claimed he became "intoxicated" by the A-list circles Hathaway moved in, and swindled the money in a bid to keep up the pair's lavish New York lifestyle.

The sentence, handed down in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, is the result of a plea deal, which spares Follieri the maximum possible sentence of 265 years. He agreed not to appeal any sentence less than 63 months in prison.

He also agreed to forfeit money he made illegally, amounting to $2.44m (€3.03m) and a number of valuable items of jewellery.

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