Anna Sorokin, leaves during the lunch break of her study in New York State Supreme Court in New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. 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 – a Manhattan jury heard competing stories Tuesday in the bizarre case of the fake German heiress, as a prosecutor portrayed Anna Sorokin as a scottish con artist, and a lawyer, insisted they had ambitious business plans, but was taken by the extravagance of New York.
Jurors will now decide whether to Sorokin, is guilty of grand larceny and theft of services a next spending spree about 10 months, and plaintiffs claim, tricked the people and businesses of $275,000 and bankrolled her foray into the Manhattan socialite scene.
The deliberations cap a more than three-week trial that drew international attention and tabloid headlines about Sorokin’s in the courtroom fashion choices. Sorokin, who has the name Anna Delvey, deceived friends and financial institutions both in believe, they had a 60 million euro wealth abroad, that would be her lavish hotel stays and jet-setting lifestyle.
Closing arguments focused on a large part of Sorokin’s intent, that prosecutors must prove was criminal to condemn her.
Her lawyer, Todd Spodek, called Sorokin had been “buy” and planned all along to settle her six-figure debts, which her as an entrepreneur who gets in over her head. He compared her at one point to Frank Sinatra, saying: “they both have their own possibilities” in New York.
“There is a little bit of Anna in all of us,” Spodek said. “This is the life she chose to live.”
Spodek added that Sorokin “was ambitious, she was stubborn and she was determined to make her company a reality”, referring to a private arts club, she asked for the building and for what she was looking for a $22 million loan. She led an unorthodox and sometimes unethical lifestyle, he added, but Sorokin was “enabled every step of the way by a system that favors people with money.”
Assistant district Attorney Catherine McCaw said Sorokin told “lie after lie” to prolong a life of luxury that they could not afford, the provision of false financial and accounting records and the identifiers of banks. They lived from ritzy hotels to have a negative balance account, eat at the best restaurants, and even hired a personal trainer who charged $300 per session, McCaw said.
Sorokin not only assumes a different identity for themselves, but a team made of the “imaginary” assistants, McCaw said, a list that lent credence to her efforts to expand her credit. There was, for example, a bookkeeper that does not exist, whom Sorokin, the blame for the delays in transfers.
“All of the defendant’s wire transfers are just a figment of her imagination,” McCaw said. “These are not white lies. These are lies that help you to understand that the defendant, in fact, had criminal intent in this case.”
McCaw said Sorokin once burned by means of $ 40,000 over a period of only eight days. During a stay at a W Hotel, McCaw said Sorokin, “barricaded himself” in her room and would not even allow staff to check the minibar, even if they wanted to they fill.
She said that Sorokin racked up $679 in “incidental” expenses in the hotel.
“That is quite a lot of M&Ms,” McCaw said. “They knew that they could not pay.”