Woman Bamboozles World out of Thousands of Dollars

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Woman Bamboozles World out of Thousands of Dollars

Anna Sorokin cries after her guilty verdict in New York court.

Anna Sorokin cries after her guilty verdict in New York court.

Washington Post

Anna Sorokin cries after her guilty verdict in New York court.

Washington Post

Washington Post

Anna Sorokin cries after her guilty verdict in New York court.

Jacob Pieczynski, Contributor

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Anna Delvey lived a glamorous life for years as a German heiress in New York. Staying at the ritzy hotels, wearing the nicest designer clothes, and partying with the “top 1%,” Delvey lived a life the vast majority of people can only dream about. That is, until she was exposed as a fraud. Delvey was found out not to be a fancy heiress, not rich, and her name wasn’t even Anna Delvey, it was actually Anna Sorokin. Last week, the 28 year old was sentenced to 4 to 10 years in New York prison for several counts of fraud and theft.

Sorokin swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars out of her new friends and her lenders by creating an elaborate backstory of her growing up with a posh life in Germany, the daughter of an oil tycoon and a diplomat. Sorokin is actually a Russian immigrant who moved to Germany then later went to the United States. She paid Uber drivers with fresh $100 dollar bills and took gigantic loans without breaking a sweat. She wasn’t caught until she failed to pay two of her hotel visits then deposited a bad check in California. She tried to get a $22 million loan to open an art exhibit, but the loan fell through. She took some friends on an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco however, one of her friends ended up having to foot the $62,000 bill. In the end, she was able to get a $100,000 loan but never repaid it.

Even though it turns out that Sorokin was never really rich, she was able to amass an Instagram account with thousands of followers. Disliking the standard prison uniforms, she and her legal team hired a professional stylist for her trial. When the verdict was placed, Sorokin left in tears, apologizing “for the mistakes I have made” (Washington Post). Assistant district attorney Catherine McCaw said: “The defendant didn’t want to live an ordinary life, and she was willing to steal in order to get that” (Independent UK).

Sorokin’s attorney said she was trying to repay her debts, using a “fake it till you make it” strategy until she had the proper amount of money. She stole from banks, hotels, one time even trying to steal from a large hedge fund.

It seems though, that all of this has paid off for Sorokin. While she will be facing several years of jail and a hefty fine, there are two series’ about her being produced. One, by writing legend Shonda Rhimes, will be aired on Netflix and another will be aired on HBO. She is sure to collect a large payout from these documentaries.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2019/05/09/anna-sorokin-conned-her-way-into-manhattans-wealthy-elite-now-shes-heading-prison/?utm_term=.d5d52a0d2121

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/woman-who-posed-as-heiress-in-new-york-jailed-for-fraud-1.3887006

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