German ‘heiress’ who fooled New York jailed for fraud

A German arrested in New York two years ago for defrauding hotels and banks by posing as a millionaire heiress was on Thursday sentenced up to 12 years in prison, report say.

A US court ordered Anna Delvey aka Anna Sorokin, above, to pay $200,000 in restitution and $24,000 in fines after she was convicted in April for stealing more than $200,000.

Sorokin’s lawyer Todd Spodek said his client was not a criminal but a young adult who made many mistakes.

But Judge Diane Kiesel said it was highly unlikely Sorokin would have felt remorse for her crimes while spending her time in jail in Rikers Island since October 2017.

Kiesel rejected a request by Spodek to consider the time his client had spent in jail awaiting trial while pronouncing the jail term for her.

Sorokin, 28, is likely be deported to Germany after she serves her jail term.

The defendant’s deceptive games were baffling. She continued playing them for long even as she ran from one luxury hotel to another leaving behind bad cheques and unpaid bills, Kiesel said.

The jail term is a strong message to Sorokin’s online fans, she added.

Delvey told acquaintances in New York she was a wealthy heiress from a town near Cologne awaiting her trust fund to open a visual arts centre in New York. The centre never came up.

To make her stories sound credible, the con artist documented on Instagram her stays at luxury hotels, meetings with the elite and air trips to attend art openings in Europe.