10 May 2019
A German woman who posed as a wealthy heiress to scam boutique New York hotels and fashionable friends was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison on Thursday after a jury in state court found her guilty of fraud last month.
Anna Sorokin, 28, faced up to 15 years in prison on her conviction of charges stemming from multiple acts of glamorous grifting in 2016 and 2017.
Born in Russia before moving to Germany as a teenager with her family, she was better known to her Manhattan friends as Anna Delvey, a would-be socialite dressed in expensive clothes whose credit cards came back declined with unnerving frequency despite her talk of having a trust fund.
Prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Sorokin defrauded others of about $275,000 while pretending she had 60 million euros ($67 million) in assets.
They say she used forged bank statements to seek a loan of $22 million from a bank to fund a private arts club she wanted to open in Manhattan. In the end, she managed to get a $100,000 loan, which prosecutors said she never repaid. She used about $30,000 of that to cover her overdue bills at the fashionable 11 Howard hotel, where she was living.
By Jonathan Allen, Reuters, 9 May 2019
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