Impostor socialite Anna Sorokin, who allegedly managed to swindle thousands of dollars out of unknowing elite New Yorkers while posing as a wealthy heiress, has rejected her plea deal and will head to trial after a New York judge declined to reduce the prosecution’s offer of three to nine years in jail.
“I see no remorse,” Justice Diane Kiesel told Sorokin in court Tuesday, the New York Post reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the European woman appeared to live a life of luxury throughout New York City, and seemingly did so by taking advantage of and tricking people into believing she was someone she wasn’t; a German heiress holding a $60 million fortune.
Sorokin, who used the alias of Anna Delvey, was featured in a Vanity Fair story written by a woman she allegedly defrauded.
“She was a stranger to me, and yet not unknown,” Rachel Deloache Williams wrote in the magazine of meeting Sorokin. “I’d seen her on Instagram, smiling at events, drinking at parties, oftentimes alongside my own friends and acquaintances. I’d seen that @annadelvey [Sorokin’s Instagram handle at the time] had 40k followers.”
Williams said she thought she was being treated to a trip to Morocco by the faux socialite, but ended up footing the bill of over $60,000.
Sorokin also targeted high-end restaurants and hotels with her alleged scam, bilking a total of $270,000 from 2013 to January of this year. She’s also accused of trying to fraudulently borrow $22 million from two banks in order to open her own private nightclub.
Netflix recently struck a deal to acquire the rights to the alleged poser’s story, as featured in The Cut.
“She seems more concerned about who is going to play her in the movie than what she’s done to people she allegedly took advantage of,” Kiesel said in court.
Sorokin was prepared to take a plea deal that would’ve only landed her a maximum of three years in prison, but Kiesel rejected the deal, saying it would be a “mere slap on the wrist for a crime this serious.”
Sorokin was initially offered a plea deal that would’ve garnered a one to three year sentence, but she rejected it. Instead, she is now facing up to 15 years in prison on grand larceny and other charges.
[Feature photo: Anna Sorokin/Instagram]