Everyone no doubt will have their favorite anecdote from the saga of Raffaello Follieri, who until recently was most famous for dating Anne Hathaway and being friends with Clinton pal Ron Burkle, but now seems likely to be remembered for bilking everyone foolish enough to invest in a scheme to use his (apparently nonexistent) Vatican connections "purchase Roman Catholic Church properties in the U.S. at low prices, flip them, and sell them" out of millions of dollars. Naturally, it's the Catholic details that caught my eye:
"According to several witnesses, Follieri kept various ceremonial robes, including robes of senior clergymen, at his office in New York, New York. One witness told [the FBI agent who wrote the complaint] that he/she had been traveling with him to change out of the monsignor's robes and put on the robe of a more senior clergyman in order to create the false impression that Follieri had close ties to the Vatican."
I also liked the bit about his "engineering reports," which supposedly cost $800,000 to produce: "When he eventually submitted them to investors, the reports were, they noted, each two to five pages long, written in Italian, and contained exactly no engineering information."
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