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Hathaway's Tainted Baubles

Jewelry given to actress by fraudster headed for auction

Raffaello Follieri, Anne Hathaway

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Anne Hathaway's Tainted Baubles

JUNE 21--Jewelry purchased for the actress Anne Hathaway by her now-imprisoned former boyfriend will soon be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the U.S. government.

The dozen items were turned over by Hathaway to FBI agents in August 2008, weeks after the arrest of the star's ex-beau, Raffaello Follieri, on fraud charges. Follieri, 31, subsequently pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts and was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison (he is currently being held in a federal lockup in southwest Pennsylvania and has a May 2012 release date).

On the following pages you'll find FBI evidence photos of the expensive gifts given to Hathaway, 27, by the Italian-born swindler. According to an inventory prepared by federal investigators, Hathaway's haul included two watches, two rings, two bracelets, two necklaces, two chains, silver earrings, and a Louis Vuitton box. While the jewelry's total value has not been disclosed, a gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (seen here) given to Hathaway retails for about $25,000, while a silver Rolex Submariner sells for around $5000.

During a search of a Bronx storage unit rented by Follieri, agents found a Cartier figurine and a Tiffany clock. The FBI also seized an assortment of men's watches found in the 48th floor Trump Tower apartment shared by Hathaway and Follieri. These items will also be auctioned since, like Hathaway's jewelry, they were purchased with funds generated by Follieri's illegal schemes. (16 pages)