Annehathaway_raffaellofollieriAnne Hathaways Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in

But don’t feel too sorry for him. He could have gotten the max of 265 years.

He pleaded guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering and agreed not to appeal any sentence less than 63 months. (His is 54 months.)

He also agreed to forfeit money made illegally, amounting to $2.44 million and some valuable jewelry.

The 30-year-old businessman was arrested in June, two weeks after Anne Hathaway broke off their four-year romance. He was also accused of posing as the Vatican’s rep in America, and duping investors into believing the church would sell him property at a discount.

His lawyer wrote a letter to the court claiming that the poor young man from a nice Italian family had gotten "intoxicated" by fame since he fell in Hathaway’s A-list circles. So he swindled the money to try to keep up the pair’s lavish lifestyle.

Yeah, that’s good. Blame the squeaky-clean, wholesome actress whose image is more Mary Poppins than Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Nice try, Raffie!

Photo: Anne Hathaway hugs Raffaello Follieri at the 2005 premiere of "Cinderella Man" in New York. Credit: FilmMagic

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead