Fake heiress Anna Sorokin headed to prison for high-ticket socialite scam

The woman who pretended to be a rich German heiress in order to gain access to a socialite lifestyle and qualify for a multimillion-dollar loan for a business that never materialized was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

The New York Post reports that Anna Sorokin, who went by the name Anna Delvey as she scammed her way into New York City’s wealthiest social circles, was sentenced to 4 to 12 years after being convicted of attempted grand larceny for fabricating a financial profile in order to access a $22 million dollar business loan. Sorokin was also found guilty of charges connected to defrauding banks for $200,000, but was found not guilty of charges related to a glamorous Moroccan vacation that left her friend with a $70,000 bill when Sorokin bailed on a swanky hotel bill.

According to the report, Justice Diane Kiesel delivered the prosecutors’ requested prison sentence in a Manhattan court on Thursday.

“I am stunned by the depths of the defendant’s deception, her labyrinthine lies that kept her con afloat,” the judge said.

The 28-year-old pseudo-socialite gave a brief statement at her sentencing, saying, “I apologize for the mistakes I made.”

As the judge noted in court, Sorokin landed a development deal with Netflix while she was behind bars, selling the rights to her life story; though the financial terms are not known and Business Insider reports that profits are expected to go to a fund set up for victims of the so-called “Soho Grifter.”


[Feature image: Anna Sorokin; Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool]