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Anna Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey. Photo: Instagram via @theannadelvey.

Fake German Heiress “Anna Delvey” Sentenced to Prison

Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress and New York socialite who called herself Anna Delvey, was sentenced to four to twelve years in prison by the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday, the New York Times reports. Sorokin, who is really a twenty-eight-year-old Russian immigrant from a middle-class family, swindled friends, hotels, and banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to live above her means.

The grifter was found guilty on multiple charges, including second-degree larceny, theft of services, and first-degree attempted grand larceny, last month. According to prosecutors, Sorokin swindled people out of roughly $275,000. She also attempted to convince investors to give her money for a $40 million art foundation, which she pitched as a private club on Park Avenue South that would boast an art gallery, a nightclub, and a bar.

“I am stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception,” said Justice Diane Kiesel, who noted that Sorokin showed no remorse for her crimes. “Even when it came crashing down on her like a house of cards, she was running from one luxury hotel to another, one step ahead of the law.” Sorokin, who has been incarcerated on Riker’s Island since October 2017, was ordered to pay a $24,000 fine as well as $199,000 in restitution. She also faces deportation following her release.

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