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Fake Heiress Who Dazzled New York Elite Gets Prison Time

Fraudster “Heiress” Charged For Defrauding Anna Sorokin, the Russian-born woman who defrauded banks, hotels, and wealthy friends by pretending to be a German heiress named Anna Delvey, was sentenced...

Fraudster “Heiress” Charged For Defrauding

Anna Sorokin, the Russian-born woman who defrauded banks, hotels, and wealthy friends by pretending to be a German heiress named Anna Delvey, was sentenced to four to ten years in prison for her crimes.

Sorokin was convicted in April on fraud charges. Sorokin wore designer clothes, lived in five-star hotels, and persuaded wealthy associates to invest $40 million in a nightclub–all while living off a fake bank account and writing bad checks.

“In addition to the prison sentence, Ms. Sorokin was fined $24,000 and ordered to pay restitution of about $199,000. A Russian national, she faces deportation once she is released,” The New York Times reports. “Her lawyer, Todd Spodek, called the sentence ‘draconian,’ arguing that his client was not violent or a career criminal. During the trial, he said Ms. Sorokin was an enterprising, business-minded woman eager to make it in the big city.”

Sorokin apologized to the court before her sentencing. But the judge wasn’t buying it, saying the fake heiress seemed more concerned about her outfits during the trial than taking responsibility for her crimes. Sorokin’s outfits during the trial were so carefully thought-out that entire fashion blogs cropped up to follow her trial style.

“She was interested in the designer clothes, the champagne, the private jets, the boutique hotel experience and the exotic travel that went along with it–everything that big money could buy,” Judge Diane Kiesel said. “But she didn’t have big money. All she had was a big scam.”

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