Raffaello Follieri, the man who bilked hundreds out of their money, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court today to 4 1/2 years in prison. That’s right. Prison, not jail.
Through an interpreter, Follieri delivered a statement, in which he said, “The most important thing I want the court to know is I was not raised with bad values. … I started off with good intentions, determined to run an honorable business and make everyone proud of me.”
But, he admitted, “What I did was wrong and there is no point in making excuses. … I will never be able to wash away the shame. … I just hope that someday those who have been hurt by my actions will forgive me.”
He started with good intentions, said his attorney, but then he “sunk and sunk into a quagmire of his own making.”
Did someone say Quaqmire? Giggity giggity. There’s no one here who believes Follieri is sincere. Read between the lines. His statement roughly translates to, “I’m sorry. Sorry that I got caught. If I had gotten away with this, I’d be laughing at the penniless old people I scammed from the comfort of my yacht right now and I’d be stuffing $100 bills in Anne Hathaway’s mouth as we made sweet love.”