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By KATI CORNELL, JENNIFER FERMINO and DAN MANGAN\New York Post
The longtime boyfriend of "Get Smart" star Anne Hathaway was busted by the feds yesterday for allegedly swindling investors - including Bill Clinton's close pal - out of millions of dollars by convincing them he had the Vatican's backing to flip Catholic Church properties in the United States.
Raffaello Follieri secretly siphoned millions from his real- estate-investment fund to pay for a lavish lifestyle, the feds charge. Follieri's loot allegedly helped him jet around the world with the beautiful actress, who recently dumped him, and even pay her medical bills.
Follieri, 29, was hospitalized last night after collapsing in the custody of US marshals following a Manhattan federal court hearing in which he was ordered held in lieu of a staggering $21 million bail.
"[Follieri] is a con man. He was able to con a lot of people out of a lot of money and did it over a long period of time," said prosecutor Reed Brodsky in court, where the high-living Italian national faced charges of wire fraud and money laundering.