Fake Heiress Found Guilty of Duping Banks, NYC Elite
Anna Sorokin was handed $200,000 from banks for no good reason
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Anna Sorokin, or Delvey as she tried to go by, was found guilty Thursday of stealing more than $200,000 from banks and former friends when she posed as a German heiress and snuck her way into the exclusive world of New York City’s elite.
Sorokin was convicted of attempted grand larceny, three grand larceny counts and a misdemeanor charge of theft of services, District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said. Her sentencing is expected to take place May 9, CNN reported.
The 28-year-old Sorokin swindled thousands in loans from banks that, seemingly, just took her word and lived in a luxury Manhattan hotel on bad checks.
“As proven at trial, Anna Sorokin committed real white-collar felonies over the course of her lengthy masquerade,” Vance said in a statement. “I thank the jury for its service in this complex trial, as well as my office’s prosecutors and investigators for their meticulous investigation and resolve to ensure that Sorokin faces real justice for her many thefts and lies.”
Sorokin was trying to pass herself off as the daughter of über-wealthy German parents when she attempted to convince City National Bank to hand over a $22 million loan in 2016 but the bank turned her down because she didn’t have enough “cash flow to make loan payments.”
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