Fake New York Heiress, Anna Sorokin, Found Guilty of Fraud

A New York State Supreme Court jury has found Anna Sorokin (a.k.a. Anna Delvey) guilty of all the charges against her.

She posed as a German heiress and scammed her way into Manhattan high society. Her charges include attempted grand larceny in the first degree and grand larceny in the second degree.

The 28-year-old, over the course of 10 months in 2016, swindled friends and financial institutions out of $275,000 in cash and services including luxury trips to Morocco and a private flight to the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting.

The daughter of a Russian truck driver who later opened a heating-and-cooling business, she reimagined herself in New York City, claiming to be a wealthy socialite.

“This defendant’s alleged criminal conduct spans from check fraud to six-figure stolen loans.”  The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said in its indictment.

During his opening arguments, Sorokin’s lawyer told the jury that Sorokin lived by the adage, ‘Fake it until you make it,’. Todd Spodek said during opening statements last month that, “Anna had to live by it. Unethical? Yes. Unorthodox? Sure. A crime? No, because Sorokin intended to pay everyone back. In a world fascinated with ‘glamour and glitz’, she had only allowed people to believe what they wanted about her.”

But Kaegan Mays-Williams, a prosecutor, told jurors, “Sorokin put herself in the best position to take money from wealthy people so she could live the fantasy of an extravagant lifestyle beyond her means. She stole from banks, stole from hotels and stole from friends. She tried to steal from a hedge fund.”

Even with her conviction, her foiled pursuit of a jet-set lifestyle netted her a prize: an upcoming series on Netflix produced by Shonda Rhimes.

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