Truck driver‘s daughter, 27, ‘who posed as a German billionaire heiress’ is indicted for ‘swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars’ as judge blasts her for ‘showing no remorse and being more concerned about who will play her in the movie’
Anna Sorokin was indicted on grand larceny charges in Manhattan on Tuesday
Prosecutors said she was as the masquarading daughter of a billionaire, but was in fact a fashion magazine intern
Allegedly used her fake identity as Anna Delvey to swindle thousands of dollars
27-year-old faces 15 years behind bars if she is convicted of the charges at trial
Truck driver’s daughter Anna Sorokin [seen in court], convicted for identity theft appeared before a NY judge [photo], for sentencing Tuesday
A truck driver’s daughter accused of posing as the daughter of a German billionaire to swindle bank loans, trips and hotel stays appeared in a Manhattan court on Tuesday for her indictment.
Although she allegedly claimed to be a wealthy German heiress worth approximately $60 million, prosecutors allege Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey was a con artist who scammed money from banks, businesses and friends.
Last October, she was charged with multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services. She is being held without bond on Rikers Island; she has pleaded not guilty.
Sorokin, 27, wore heavy framed glasses and a beige Rikers Island-issue jumper and pants as she was indicted on grand larceny charges at New York Supreme Court while locked in shackles.
Her lawyer then discussed prosecutor matters with the judge, including the lifting of a protective order preventing from seeing documents relevant to her case.
Sorokin denies the charges and insists she was always trying to be seen as a businesswoman.
She claims the dinners, at extravagant restaurants like Le Coucou were business meetings and that it was all going towards the Anna Delvey Foundation, an arts-focused members club she planned to open and still speaks about.
In an interview with New York Magazine earlier this year, she said: ‘I had what I thought was a great team around me, and I was having fun.’
Prosecutors say she facilitated her lifestyle by check-kiting – a practice whereby a person deposits bad checks into a bank account then withdraws a cash amount before they bounce.
In May, Sorokin spoke from Rikers’ Island to say it was ‘not that bad’.
She said she had learned not how ‘easy’ it was to steal other people’s identities by watching financial criminals behind bars.
‘This place is not that bad at all actually. People seem to think it’s horrible, but I see it as like, this sociological experiment.
‘There are couple of girls who are here for financial crimes as well.
‘This one girl, she’s been stealing other people’s identities. I didn’t realize it was so easy,’ she told New York Magazine.
Sorokin’s case received notoriety from two lengthy articles in Vanity Fair and New York Magazine.
Among those who have spoken out about it are some of her alleged victims including staff at the hotel where she stayed.
They told how she tipped with $100 bills and gave off an air of extreme wealth.
One, who was the receptionist at 11 Howard where Sorokin stayed for a month, told how she once attended a dinner she organized for a large group at Le Coucou which included MaCaulay Culkin.
Others described how restaurants began calling them after seeing pictures of them with Sorokin on Instagram and asking to be put in touch with her because she had skipped out on her bills.
She left Germany in 2011 to move to London where she attended Central St. Martin’s College as a fashion student.
Her father told New York Magazine that they had supplemented her rent and schooling at first and that he was stunned by the news she had been arrested.
‘We always paid for her accommodations, her rent, and other matters.
‘She assured us these costs were the best investment. If ever she needed something more at one point or another, it didn’t matter.
‘The future was always bright,’ her parents, who did not want to be identified, said in an email.