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Archive for September 10th, 2008

Actress’ Lover Pleads to Federal Charges

Italian boyfriend of actress Anne Hathaway took center stage in U.S. District Court in New York and pleaded guilty to 14 federal charges.

By THOMAS ZAMBITO and CORKY SIEMASZKO
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New York Daily News
NEW YORK – The slick Italian con-man who dated “Get Smart” star Anne Hathaway and posed as a Vatican insider to swindle millions from investors is heading to prison.
Raffaello Follieri pleaded guilty Wednesday to 14 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
“I knew what I was doing was wrong,” Follieri admitted in court in accented English.
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Chicago Mobster’s Son Gets Three Years

CHICAGO — Nicholas Ferriola, the son of the late reputed mob boss Joseph Ferriola, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to three years in prison for his role in a conspiracy case known as Family Secrets, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Ferriola, 33, who is also the alleged godson of mobster Frank Calabrese Sr., pleaded guilty to taking part in the conspiracy before the landmark trial last year. Prosecutors said he helped run a gambling operation and was part of an effort to extort the owner of the Connie’s Pizza chain, the paper reported. The judge also ordered Ferriola to make $9 million in forfeiture payments.

D.C. Gun Law Nightmare For Homeland Security

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 D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier says a new bill addressing D.C.  guns is bad news for Homeland Security and citizens. She went before Congress to plead her case.

Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writer
  WASHINGTON — D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier assailed a new bill yesterday that would eliminate most of the District’s gun laws, telling a congressional panel that the measure would allow residents to carry loaded semiautomatic rifles in the streets, creating a nightmare scenario for homeland security officials.
“Imagine how difficult it will be for law enforcement to safeguard the public, not to mention the new president at the inaugural parade, if carrying semiautomatic rifles were to suddenly become legal in Washington,” she said.
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