The 'socialite scammer' who allegedly stole $275,000 over a 10-month period is currently facing jail time.
Anna Delvey – otherwise known by her real name, Anna Sorokin – has begun her defence action in court following her stint last summer as an elaborate con-artist in NYC.
Delvey was reportedly promising fake wire transfers, taking out massive loans, and forcing her friends to cover her enormous bills as she dropped thousands of dollars on dinner dates and wore exclusively designer garb.
The self-proclaimed German heiress, who was indicted for allegedly scamming people, businesses, and executives out of almost $300,000 in a 10-month period, could face 15 years in jail if found guilty of her grand larceny charges.
In reality, Sorokin in Russian-born.
The now 28-year-old moved, with her family, to Germany at the age of 16 until she eventually flew the nest to work in fashion in New York City. While there, she spent the best part of four years swindling her way to socialite status by posing as a German heiress.
In October 2017, her gratuitous spending – despite not actually having the money to spend – caught up with her, leading her to charges of grand larceny and theft of services totalling $275,000.
Since then, the 'Soho Grifter,' as she has been dubbed, is being held without bond.
More remarkable than her story itself, is the fact that Sorokin actually hired a celebrity stylist for her court appearances because she needed to “dress appropriately”, according to her lawyer. An Instagram account of her looks so far can be seen here.
In his opening statement, Sorokin's lawyer Todd Spodek argued that she was "easily seduced by glamour and glitz" and pretended to be wealthy to get ahead. Per Spodek, she was planning to repay all the money she owed once she was successful.
The trial is expected to last until about April 19.
Delvey/Sorokin's story – or, more specifically the New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler – is now in the hands of Shonda Rhimes, who will be directing the piece for Netflix.
According to Variety, Delvey has already been “making calls” to talent agencies and producers as to who would play her.
There’s no information about release dates or cast as yet, but we’re guessing as the trial continues we’ll be graced with plenty more updates and information.
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