Last month, Anna Sorokin was found guilty of attempted grand larceny in the first degree, grand larceny in the second degree, grand larceny in the third degree, theft of services, and other charges after she got caught swindling banks, hotels, businesses, trust fund kids, and other people out of $275,000. Anna pleaded not guilty to the charges, because she claims she didn’t swindle anybody since she was planning on paying everyone back! Well, now she really has to pay up because a judge ordered her to pay restitution and she’s got to sit in the clink for a minimum of four years…. or until Trump pardons her since grifters gotta stick together!
Anna Sorokin, who was known as Anna Delvey, passed herself off as a German heiress with a major trust fund who was in NYC to open up a social arts club, and used that lie to get tons of money from banks and people. Anna is really a Russian immigrant who doesn’t have a major trust fund. A jury found her guilty of pulling several acts of fraud, and she was sentenced today in Manhattan Supreme Court. The New York Times says that Judge Diane Kiesel sentenced her to a minimum of four years and a maximum of twelve years in prison. 28-year-old Anna also has to pay $199,000 in restitution on top of a $24,000 fine. She could be deported back to Germany once she serves her sentence.
During closing arguments, Anna’s lawyer turned that courtroom into amateur night at a comedy club by bringing Frank Sinatra into it and painting her as a girl just trying to make it in the city! via The Daily Beast
“Sinatra made a brand-new start of it in New York, just as Miss Sorokin did,” her lawyer, Todd Spodek, told jurors, adding she “was ambitious, she was persistent and she was determined to make her business a reality.”
But the judge wasn’t entertained by that, and during sentencing today, said that Anna’s lawyer is playing the wrong song. via BuzzFeed News
I heard Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Blinded by the Light,'” the judge said. “She was blinded by the glitter and glamour of New York City.”
Personally, I hear a remix of Material Girl and Kelis’ part in Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Got Your Money when I think of Anna Delvey, but there’s room for many songs in the Broadway jukebox musical of her story.
Shonda Rhimes is working on an Anna Delvey series for Netflix, Lena Dunham is doing one for HBO, and one of Anna’s victims got a six-figure book deal. But I’m sure that while Anna is in prison, she’ll write her own book of tips on how to grift a trick (but she should really leave out the part about getting caught). Although, maybe this was Anna’s plan on along. Maybe she went to NYC to scam richies, hoping to get caught, which would lead to someone writing an expose about her, which would lead to a big public trial, which would lead to her going to prison, which would lead to her getting out of prison and making millions off her story! A grifting genius. Pimp Mama Kris better bow down to her new God.