Fake German heiress convicted of bilking banks, companies

Anna Sorokin returns to the courtroom after the jury sent a note, Thursday, April 25, 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/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK – in New York jury on Thursday convicted an extravagant socialite who bankrolled an implausibly lavish lifestyle with tens of thousands of dollars they are being cheated by the banks, hotels, and friends, who believed that she was a wealthy German heiress.

The Manhattan jury found Anna Sorokin guilty to four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny after a monthlong trial that attracted international attention. She was acquitted of one count of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny.

Her lawyer, Todd Spodek, said Sorokin could face between five and 15 years in prison on the most serious charge. She is scheduled to be sentenced May 9.

Sorokin also faces deportation to Germany, because the authorities say that they exceeded her visa.

The use of the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin, deceived friends and financial institutions, believe in, she had a fortune of $67 million euro (60 million euro) abroad, that would cover her high-end clothes, luxury hotel stays and trans-Atlantic travel.

She claimed that her father was a diplomat or an oil baron, and went to the extraordinary length to have others pay her way. Plaintiff claimed that she promised a friend an all expenses paid trip to Morocco, but then stuck her with the $62,000 bill — Sorokin was acquitted of that charge.

She was also accused of falsifying the financial records of a request for a $22 million loan for the financing of a private arts club, they wanted to build, complete with exhibitions, installations and pop-up shops, public prosecutor’s office said. She was denied the loan, but convinced a bank to lend her $100,000 they don’t have to pay it back.

Spodek suggests that Sorokin is scheduled to settle its six-figure debts, and was only “buying time.” He portrayed her as an ambitious entrepreneur who just have gotten over her head, but had no criminal intent.

Sea said Sorokin was “angry, as anyone would be,” after the judgment. But he said that he was happy Sorokin was acquitted of one of the most serious accusations in the indictment: an attempt to steal more than $1 million from City National Bank.

The ruling followed two days of often painstaking consultation, in which members of the jury asked for repeated explanation of the law and, in a note to the judge indicating that they had reached an “impasse,” by a single uncompromising member of the jury. In another note Thursday, the jury members said that they “fail to reach a unanimous verdict, because we are fundamentally disagree.”

They reached their verdict less than two hours later.

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