Anna Sorokin, who went by the name Anna Delvey, went on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges in New York
Anna Sorokin traveled in celebrity circles and tossed $100 tips. All the more reason to believe she was the German heiress she said she was. But behind the jet-set lifestyle and pricey threads, prosecutors have said, was a fraudster who bilked friends, banks and hotels for a taste of the high life.
Sorokin, 28, lived in luxury New York City hotel rooms she couldnt afford, promised a friend an all-expenses paid trip to Morocco and then stuck her with the $62,000 bill, and peddled bogus bank statements in a quest for a $22m loan, the Manhattan district attorneys office has alleged.
On Wednesday, the one-time darling of the Big Apple social scene went on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges alleging she swindled various people and businesses out of $275,000 in a 10-month odyssey that saw her jetting to the midwest and Marrakesh before landing in a cell at Rikers Island.
Her overall scheme has been to claim to be a wealthy German heiress with approximately $60m in funds being held abroad, prosecutor Catherine McCaw said after Sorokins October 2017 arrest. Shes born in Russia and has not a cent to her name as far as we can determine.
When she was arrested Sorokins story was an instant media sensation prompting lengthy profiles in New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. Shonda Rhimes, the force behind Greys Anatomy and Scandal, has even announced she is creating a television series about Sorokin, whose Instagram bio says: soon on Netflix.
Sorokins attorney said she never intended to commit a crime.
Lawyer Todd Spodek told jurors in an opening statement that Sorokin was exploiting a system that was easily seduced by glamour and glitz after she saw how the appearance of wealth opened doors. Spodek said she was merely buying time, so she could launch a business and repay her debts.
Anna had to fake it until she could make it, Spodek said.
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