Anna Sorokin, and her lawyer, Todd Spodek sit at the defense table after a recess in her trial in New York State Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in New York. Sorokin, who claimed that he was a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK – Anna Sorokin, the alleged scammer accused of passing himself off as a wealthy German heiress, spoke “the language” of the financial world and took a New York banker to loan her $ 100,000, which they never repaid, a witness told a Manhattan jury Thursday.
Banker, Ryan Salem detailed a long back-and-forth in which Sorokin, lobbied City National Bank for a multimillion-dollar loan for the financing of a private arts club, she claimed to be building.
The bank denied the request, but despite numerous red flags, agreed to lend her $ 100,000 that Sorokin promised to pay back within a few days.
“We have always believed that they had money,” Salem said, referring to a fortune of about $67 million euro (60 million euro) that Sorokin claimed to have at its disposal in the foreign country. “She seems to speak the language. They understood the financial jargon that you need to know in order to communicate and do business in this environment.”
The testimony came on the second day of Sorokin’s grand larceny and theft of services of process in state court in Manhattan.
Prosecutors say that Sorokin bilked friends, banks and hotels to the tune of $275,000 about 10 months, living a life of luxury in New York City in scammed funds. The use of the name Anna Delvey, she was wearing high-end clothes and took a jet-setting lifestyle that prosecutors said they could not afford.
Her lawyer has said that they never plan to commit a crime.
Jurors viewed dozens of e-mails and Thursday between Salem and Sorokin, who was always hard to pin down when the bank demanded repayment.
Salem, which is, during the day on the witness stand, said his dealings with Sorokin, he did his credibility within the bank.
“I went to work for someone who is at the end of the day, was not someone to go to work for,” he said.