Hathaway Jewelry Auctioned As Part Of Fraud Case
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Jewelry that was forfeited as part of a court case involving Anne Hathaway’s ex-fiancee is being auctioned off in New York.
The United States Marshals Service said in a press release on Tuesday than 20 pieces of jewelry that belonged to Raffaello Follieri will be sold in the online auction set to end on September 28.
The necklaces, earrings and watches up for auction include a number of gifts that Follieri showered Hathaway with during their relationship — which ended shortly before the Italian businessman was arrested in 2008.
The Marshals Service said the United States Attorney’s Office would be requesting that the Attorney General apply all of the proceeds from the auction to compensate Follieri’s victims.
In June 2008, Follieri was arrested on fraud charges for swindling investors out of millions of dollars.
Authorities said Follieri duped a partner into investing millions of dollars in a real estate scheme to buy properties at bargain prices from the Roman Catholic church in the United States and redevelop them.
Follieri pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison in October 2008.
The items up for auction include Rolex watches, diamond earrings and a pearl necklace.
To participate in the auction or to find out more, visit www.txauction.com.