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Fake heiress goes to prison

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Published on May 10, 2019 - Duration: 02:03s

Fake heiress goes to prison

Anna Sorokin, a German woman who was known to her Manhattan friends as Anna Delvey and posed as a wealthy heiress to defraud New York hotels, fashionable friends and banks, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison on Thursday.

Todd Spodek, Sorokin's attorney, said it was "a fair sentence".

Colette Luke has more.

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Fake heiress goes to prison

She posed as a wealthy heiress to defraud New York hotels, banks and fashionable friends… But now 28-year-old Anna Sorokin is going to prison..

She was sentenced Thursday to serve between four and 12 years on four counts of grand larceny and four counts of theft of services… (SOUNDBITE) ANNA SOROKIN, FAKE HEIRESS, SAYING: "I apologize for the mistakes I made.." Sorokin was born in Russia, but moved with her family to Germany and then she eventually made it to New York.

She was known to her Manhattan friends as Anna Delvey.

Sorokin wore expensive clothes, ate at expensive restaurants and lived in boutique hotels… Her daily looks became the subject of a dedicated Instagram account with thousands of followers.

But her credit cards would always come back declined...despite her talk of having a trust fund… Prosecutors say that Sorokin stole $275,000 dollars from others while pretending she had a fortune of $67 million dollars, through 2016 and 17.

She also used forged bank statements to seek a loan of $22 million dollars to fund a private arts club she wanted to open in Manhattan.

She managed to get a loan of $100,000 dollars but it was never repaid.

Prosecutors pointed to her use of a stylist to pick out outfits for her trial as evidence that Sorokin lacked remorse… (SOUNDBITE) CATHERINE MCCAW, PROSECUTOR FOR MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, SAYING "The only time she showed emotions was when she was crying because she was upset about the clothing she had received from the Department of Corrections," Immigration officials say Sorokin is a German citizen who had illegally overstayed in the U.S. They say they will seek to send her back once her sentence is served.

TV writers Shonda Rhimes and Lena Dunham are reportedly working on separate adaptions of the Anna Delvey story for the screen..

During the sentencing, the judge said that Sorokin had not expressed remorse, but was rather (quote) worried about who would play her in the Netflix series."

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