Fake heiress Anna Sorokin, who tricked New York's elite, found guilty in fraud trial

A woman who posed as a fake German heiress to scam hotels, restaurants and a Vanity Fair employee out of tens of thousands of dollars while living lavishly in New York City was found guilty on Thursday.

A jury in Manhattan found Anna Sorokin, who was known in New York social circles as Anna Delvey, then later as “The Soho Grifter,” guilty on eight counts, including four counts of theft of services and second-degree grand larceny, the New York Post and New York Times reported.

She was acquitted on one count of first-degree grand larceny in which she’d been accused of trying to obtain a $22 million loan to develop a nightclub.

Sorokin faces five to 15 years in prison for the charge of second-degree grand larceny, according to The Associated Press.

Sorokin has a Russian passport, but she tricked many New York elites and socialites into believing she was an heiress from Germany with a bottomless bank account.

In 2016 and 2017, Sorokin lived out of luxury boutique hotels, including the 11 Howards in SoHo, dined in expensive restaurants and often shopped at designer boutiques, reportedly offering to cover the bill for her friends any chance she could.

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Anna Sorokin returns to the courtroom after the jury sent a note, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in New York. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Anna Sorokin, right, and her lawyer Todd Spodek reacts as the jury foreman reads the verdict, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in New York. A Manhattan jury has convicted fake German heiress Sorokin of swindling tens of thousands of dollars from banks, hotels and friends. Jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday following a more than three-week trial that attracted international attention. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Anna Sorokin is escorted by court officers as she arrives for the verdict in her trial at New York State Supreme Court, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in New York. A Manhattan jury has convicted fake German heiress Sorokin of swindling tens of thousands of dollars from banks, hotels and friends. Jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday following a more than three-week trial that attracted international attention. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Court officers escort Anna Sorokin from the courtroom, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in New York. A Manhattan jury has convicted fake German heiress Sorokin of swindling tens of thousands of dollars from banks, hotels and friends. Jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday following a more than three-week trial that attracted international attention. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Anna Sorokin sits at the defense table during jury deliberations in her trial at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Thursday, April 25, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin returns to court during her trial at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin looks toward a court officer during jury deliberations of her trial at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin leaves during the lunch break at her trial in New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin returns from a recess during her trial at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Judge Diane Kiesel listens to testimony during the trial of Anna Sorokin in New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anne Schwab, a paralegal in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, testifies in the trial of Anna Sorokin, at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin returns after a recess during her trial at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, April 15, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin is escorted into a courtroom for her trial at New York State Supreme Court, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin arrives in New York State Supreme Court for her trial on grand larceny charges, in New York, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Sorokin is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Anna Sorokin returns to court after a recess in her trial in New York State Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in New York. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Assistant District Attorney Kaegan Mays-Williams delivers her opening statement in the trial of Anna Sorokin in New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Sorokin is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Anna Delvey-Sorokin, charged with grand larceny for alleged multiple thefts totaling $275,000, appears in New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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According to evidence presented at her trial, the 28-year-old also forged financial documents, lied about her family, and faked having an accountant and financial adviser in an attempt to scam banks into giving her multimillion-dollar loans, the Times reported. After a banker was unable to verify Sorokin’s documents, City National Bank denied Sorokin’s request for a loan of $22 million.

Sorokin played the role of a spoiled heiress until her credit cards began getting denied and she ran out of cash, according to the Times. 

Her far-reaching grift attracted attention nationwide after her story was reported in a viral New York magazine article and an essay written by a former Vanity Fair photo editor who said she was forced to pay $70,000 after Sorokin invited her on a trip to Morocco and couldn’t foot the bill.

Sorokin’s sentencing is scheduled for May 9.

TV producer Shonda Rhimes acquired the rights to the New York magazine article that detailed Sorokin’s scamming of New York’s elite and is reportedly working on a TV series adaptation of her story.

Writer and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham is reportedly turning he Vanity Fair essay, written by Rachel Williams about being conned out of $62,000 by Sorkin, into a series, too.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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