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EXCLUSIVE: US Government Files Motion To Keep Anne Hathaway's Jewelry

May 17 2010, Published 9:45 a.m. ET

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It’s official.  The United States government wants to keep Anne Hathaway’s jewelry.

In new court papers obtained exclusively by, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District filed a motion May 13th requesting personal items seized from Anne Hathaway’s ex-fiance, Raffaello Follieri, be permanently forfeited from the convicted con man and become the permanent property of Uncle Sam.

EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: Read The Proposed Final Order Of Forfeiture

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Follieri was arrested in June 2008 on fraud charges for allegedly fleecing investors out of millions of dollars in a scheme involving purchasing Catholic Church properties in the U.S. for redevelopment.

The FBI raided a storage facility rented by Follieri, as well as his Fifth Avenue apartment, on July 15th 2008 and seized a number of items, including expensive watches, clocks and jewelry.

In addition, the papers list seized items given to Hathaway by Follieri as, “All jewelry, watches, and other items recovered in or about August 2008  from an individual who received them from the defendant, which includes the following: One gold colored Rolex watch;  One silver colored Rolex watch; One gold colored ring with light blue-green stone; One silver colored chain approximately sixteen inches long with a cross pendant and blue and clear stones; One pair of colored silver earrings with silver clasps and blue and clear stones; One gold colored ring with clear stones around the band; One silver colored bracelet with floral design and light blue and clear stones;  One silver colored bracelet with clear stones;  One silver colored necklace approximately sixteen inches long with five flower shaped designs and clear stones;  One five-strand necklace approximately sixteen inches long with pearl beads; One gold colored chain approximately thirty-two inches long with a gold colored pendant with a red-brown stone and a gold colored tassel; and One Louis Vuitton box.”

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Follieri subsequently pled guilty, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years and a money judgment of $2,440,000 was entered against him. Now the government is requesting the right to sell the seized items to help gain back some of the judgment. And that means Hathaway’s jewelry likely will be auctioned.

The papers state that the government listed the items belonging to Hathaway on an official government internet site for 30 days beginning December 12th 2008, giving her the right to request their return – something she declined to do.



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