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Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Daily Raffaello Follieri-Related News...

The Smoking Gun has acquired a U.S. District Court File listing the jewelery Anne Hathway had to surrender to the FBI because it was given to her by former boyfriend Raffaello Follieri. Follieri pleaded guilty to 14 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in federal court on Wednesday.

Among the 12 confiscated items are Rolex watches and a five-strand necklace with pearls beads; in total, all, probably worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. While Hathaway, 25, is not specifically named in the documents, she is referred to as "individual" or Follieri's "girlfriend."

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In other Follieri news, John McCain, 72, apparently spent part of his his 70th birthday aboard a yacht the con man rented in Montenegro in 2006. Yes, as seen in the picture below, Follieri and celebrity, girlfriend at the time, Anne Hathaway were there too.

Just so we're clear, Barack Obama is not allowed to hobnob with the celebrity set, because that would make him an "uppity" elitist. But John McCain did ring in the BIG 7-0 with a Hollywood starlet...and her paramour, aboard a vessel, presumably, paid for with ill-begotten funds.

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According to Vanity Fair and The Nation, Follieri, 30, rented the Celine Ashley yacht (McCain is pictured boarding) for the month of August 2006.

Vijesti, a leading Montenegro daily, previously reported that during McCain's visit in 2006 he celebrated with birthday cocktails and sweets on the Celine Ashley. The Nation recently obtained the seen photo. Although, how we know that's really McCain in it, I'm not sure. (I mean besides the purple baseball cap, distinctive forearms and old man's slouch.)

Additional info. via Daily Intel and Gawker.

P.S. If you get a chance, read this interesting, yet lengthy, Michael Shnayerson feature on Folliere from the October issue of Vanity Fair.

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