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By Associated Press
NEW YORK – Anna Sorokin traveled in celebrity circles and $ 100 gratuities – all the more reason to believe she was the German heir she said , Behind the jet-set lifestyle and the expensive threads, prosecutors say, was a scammer who had dismissed friends, banks, and hotels for a taste of the high life.
28-year-old Sorokin lived in luxurious New York hotel rooms she could not find. Allow yourself that, promise a friend a trip to Morocco, which was paid at all costs, and then put them with the $ 62,000 bill in the bank. He made false bank statements and sought a loan of $ 22 million, claims the Manhattan prosecutor.
On Wednesday, the one-time darling of the Big Apple scene is expected to be tried for theft and theft of services. She claimed she had cheated $ 275,000 in a 10-month odyssey when she flew to Omaha and Marrakech before she landed in a cell on Rikers Island
"Her entire system was to be a rich German heiress of around 60 Prosecutor Catherine McCaw said after the arrest of Sorokin in October 2017. "She was born in Russia and, as far as we can tell, has not a cent in her name."
Sorokin's lawyer Todd Spodek did not answer a telephone message from Tuesday. At a hearing last month, he said Sorokin was "presumably innocent and never intended to commit a theft."
Sorokin, imprisoned since her arrest, threatens to go to Germany regardless of the outcome of the trial because the authorities overruled her visa. Your story may, however, remain. Shonda Rhimes, the force behind "Gray's Anatomy" and "Scandal," announced that she's creating a television series about Sorokin whose Instagram biography says, "Soon on Netflix."
Sorokin entered the world of Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams 2016 with a new name (Anna Delvey) and a matching wardrobe (Celine sunglasses, Gucci sandals, and high-end purchases from Net-a-Porter and Elyse Walker ). She proved to be a part of it and gave crisp Benjamins to Drivers and Hotel Concierges, but she cited various sources for the source of her wealth, according to people who knew her.
At various times, they said she claimed her father was a diplomat, an oil baron, or a baron solar panel, Muckity-Muck. In fact, her father told New York magazine, he's a former trucker who runs a heating and cooling company.
At first, you did not see a red flag near Sorokin when she was asked to put her taxis and taxi tickets on her credit cards – she sometimes said she was having difficulty moving their assets out of Europe, they said – and they laughed it as forgetfulness when they were forced to repay them.
"It was a magic trick," wrote Rachel Williams, the girlfriend of Morocco at Vanity Fair. "I'm embarrassed to say I was one of the props, and also the audience, Anna was a beautiful New York dream, like one of those nights that never seems to end, and then comes the bill." Sorokin maintained the list of heirs when she sought a $ 22 million loan in November 2016 for the club, prosecutors said. It claimed that the loan was secured by a letter of credit from UBS in Switzerland and that it provided evidence that it was proving the assets according to the fees.
A bank refused Sorokin for not having "sufficient cash inflows" to make loan payments, "the prosecutor said, and the law firm did not hire a law firm for a meeting with a UBS banker
During the trial, the prosecutor said Sorokin had persuaded a bank to provide $ 100,000 of its duty to provide due diligence and ended up holding $ 55,000 and " The prosecution said, "A few months later, in May 2017, Sorokin had allegedly chartered a plane to and from the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders' meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, but never chartered the $ Billed and confronted in July at the Midtown Manhattan hotel with a big bill The prosecution la utete: "I have no money and no credit cards. I am waiting for my aunt from Germany. She will pay, "Sorokin said," I'm not trying to run. Why are you doing a big deal with it? Give me five minutes and I can make a friend pay. "