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Of all the victims that handsome Italian-American businessman Raffaello Follieri allegedly duped, actress Anne Hathaway fell the hardest.

The stunningly beautiful and talented Hathaway, 25, thought she had found her prince charming in the 30-year-old real estate magnate.

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What she found instead was a slimy white-collar criminal.

Even as some friends say they warned Anne about Raffaello Follieri, she stuck by him for months as allegations of his wrongdoing swirled.

In April, he bounced a check ... for $215,000. In May, Follieri's charity - on which Anne once served on the board - came under investigation by the New York State attorney general's office for tax irregularities.

That was the last straw for Anne Hathaway, and not a moment too soon.

Just last week, Follieri was arrested on charges of fraud and conspiracy, as well as money laundering. On June 24, he was branded a "con man" in court by the FBI and prosecutors, accused him of bilking investors of millions.

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We honor our favorite stars' birthdays all the time at The Hollywood Gossip - but this is the first time we can remember where the celebrity has been in jail.

Following his hospitalization (accounts of why that happened vary and range from an anxiety attack to a sinus infection to being a spineless b!tch) Raffaello Follieri dined alone as he turned 30 in a dreary New York cell. Life's tough.

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Raffaello Follieri can kiss the good ol' days goodbye!

The New York real estate developer â€" accused of bilking investors out of $6 million and being held on $21 million bail on charges of conspiracy, fraud and more â€" had planned to jet to his native Italy for a lavish birthday bash.

But instead of caviar and Dom Perignon on the island of Capri, he settled for jail house slop at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

Anyway, here's a photo tribute to Raffaello Follieri, who was dumped by Anne Hathaway right before his arrest (but after two recent others) ...

Who's next? When does your favorite star celebrate another year of not kicking any sort of bucket? Check out our celebrity birthdays calendar and find out!

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Raffaello Follieri is having a worse week than John McCain's poll numbers.

Following his arrest for fraud and conspiracy and subsequent court hearing, Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend was hospitalized for a severe sinus infection.

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"He had an episode in the courtroom which lead to him being transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation," rep Melanie A. Bonvicino said.

Raffaello Follieri used to get blow jobs from Anne Hathaway; now he gets $21 million bail set for him by a New York judge.

People reports that the Italian liar/businessman is in stable condition and undergoing treatment.

"I do not have the specifics on what type of treatment at this time but [it's] for a severe sinus infection," said Bonvicino.

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Anne Hathaway's ex, Raffaello Follieri, appeared in federal court Tuesday after his arrest on a dozen counts of money laundering, conspiracy and fraud.

Looking a little shabby in jeans, a blue sweater, a white collared shirt and disheveled hair, the hot shot real estate developer was placed under home detention until he can post bail, which is set at $21 million.

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The 29-year-old appeared angry as prosecutors argued he had allegedly spent hundreds of thousands he bilked from investors to live a lavish lifestyle.

He constantly shook his head no, chuckled and made faces.

Raffaello Follieri isn't wearing any Italian suits (or smiles) now.

At one point, Follieri even spoke out, saying, "We paid that," when the prosecutor said he owed American Express more than $500,000.

The prosecution argued Raffaello Follieri is a con man and flight risk who would likely flee the country and had the means to do so. The prosecutor recommended that Follieri, who is not a U.S. citizen, should be deported ASAP.

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Raffaello Follieri, the seedy ex-boyfriend of Anne Hathaway, has been arrested for Federal wire fraud, as well as conspiracy and money laundering.

The Italian-American real estate hotshot is due in Manhattan Federal court Tuesday, accused by the FBI of lying to one of his investors and claiming that he had been appointed the Chief Financial Officer of the Vatican!

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In the U.S. Government's case against Raffaello Follieri, Anne Hathaway is mentioned - though not by name, but only as his "girlfriend."

Cops say because peeps believed his bogus Vatican connection, he was able to buy real estate owned by the Catholic church in the U.S. at a way cheaper rate than a normal developer could obtain.

Yeah. This guy's loose morals make Diana Bianchi look like a saint.



Raffaello Follieri and Anne Hathaway in happier times (last month).

Anne Hathaway, who dumped him because of his bad reputation and the risk of her own image being tarnished by association, made the right call - she is allegedly the beneficiary of some of ill-gotten profits earned by Raffaello Follieri.

The disreputable dirtball is also under investigation by the N.Y. State Attorney General's Office for failing to file tax-disclosure forms for his charity.

He was arrested back in April for allegedly writing a $215,000 bad check, and was also sued over the matter, though he settled out of court.

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Anne Hathaway isn't feeling like her usual, upbeat self.

These things happen when we dump our significant others, even when they had it coming for being shady, possible white-collar criminals.

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"My personality is very kind of, you know, girlish, bubbly," she said on The View Thursday. "Not today... I'm kind of somber today."

"Mood swings?" asked Joy Behar.

"Let's not go there," Anne said.

Wednesday, multiple celebrity gossip sources report that Anne Hathaway dumped her longtime beau, Italian businessman Raffaello Follieri.

"All the shady stuff was too much," said a source. Indeed.

The Daily Mail (U.K.) had reported specifically that Hathaway feared that a string of Raffaello Follieri legal woes could hurt her career.

Follieri is under investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office for failing to file tax-disclosure forms for his charity.

He was also arrested in April for bouncing a $215,000 check.

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Anne Hathaway put on a brave face at the premiere of her new film, Get Smart, last night after breaking up with boyfriend Raffaello Follieri.

The 25-year-old star ended her four year relationship with the possibly criminal Italian-American businessman and real estate magnate, 29.

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Sources say Anne's days of giving blowjobs at sea came to an end because of the effects his shady business dealings could have on her career.

Last week, it was reported that his charity, the Follieri Foundation, which says it funds vaccination programs in developing countries, was under investigation by the New York State Attorney General's Office.

In April, Raffaello Follieri was arrested on fraud charges after a former business associate sued him for allegedly bouncing a $250,000 check.

Shady Raffaello Follieri has been kicked to the curb by Anne Hathaway.

A source close to Hathaway said: "It's heartbreaking for her to dump him, and she's devastated that it's come to this, but she really didn't have a choice. His scandals - multiple scandals - were hurting her reputation."

Raffaello Follieri often visited Hathaway on the Boston set of her upcoming movie Bride Wars, but they were regularly spotted arguing by crew members.

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"What is Anne Hathaway - who's beautiful - possibly doing with someone like that? " - a staff writer at The Hollywood Gossip

This valid question from one of our site's senior writers is regarding the great Raffaello Follieri, the actress' possible white-collar-criminal beau.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Andrew Cuomo is investigating a children's charity operated by Follieri, the New York Post reports.

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In recent weeks, Cuomo's investigators served subpoenas seeking financial documents from the Follieri Foundation - headed by Raffaello Follieri, 29, a real estate magnate and longtime boyfriend of Hathaway.

The AG's office refused to reveal why it was eyeing the charity, but the probe came after Cuomo's office was asked whether it was aware that the foundation might have failed to file requisite tax-disclosure forms.

A check of an online database that collects "990" IRS forms showed that the Follieri Foundation is required to file the form, yet has never done so.

Anne Hathaway served on the foundation's board until at least last year, when she traveled to Central America along with Raffaello Follieri - who has already been arrested in April for an unrelated shady business deal - for a charity program.

"She was on the board, but is no longer," Hathaway's spokesman said. "I don't remember exactly when she ceased to be a board member."

Asked if Anne Hathaway - who stars as Agent 99 in the new movie Get Smart, knew about the probe, the spokesman did not comment.

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Raffaello Follieri, who was possibly caught receiving a blow job from girlfriend Anne Hathaway a few months ago, was arrested today for allegedly bouncing a check.

As reported by TMZ, Follieri was popped for one misdemeanor count of issuing a check for $250,000 that sources say he wasn't even close to being able to cover.

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Moreover, A DC court just ordered Follieri to pay almost the same amount to a PR firm that he still owes for work it did. Yeah. We don't think he can afford that.

Note to Anne Hathaway: your boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, needs an allowance.

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The boy-toy of Hollywood glamor girl Anne Hathaway, Raffaello Follieri, is entangled in another lawsuit, according to the New York Post.

This is potentially worse than those rather sexual photos in which Anne Hathaway apparently went to town on Raffaello Follieri while on a yacht.

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According to the N.Y. Post, the D.C.-based media firm the Carmen Group is suing Follieri for $300,000, reports the Legal Times, after the Italian real estate mogul hired the company to handle his public relations in the wake of a suit brought against him by L.A.-based Yucaipa Companies in May.

The Carmen Group claims the boyfriend of Anne Hathaway never paid a $25,000 per month fee. Follieri's rep denied the accusation, stating "The Carmen Group worked with the Follieri Group for one month and were paid for one month."

Either way, it looks like Raffaello Follieri is up to no good... and we're not just talking about getting serviced by Anne Hathaway on board a ship this time.

Raffaello Follieri Biography

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