Sentenced for scams, fake heiress not sorry 'for anything'

NEW YORK (AP) — A German con artist who was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for swindling banks, hotels and wealthy New Yorkers says she's not sorry for anything she did.

"The thing is, I'm not sorry," Anna Sorokin told The New York Times in a jailhouse interview Friday. "I'd be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything. I regret the way I went about certain things."

Prosecutors said Sorokin, a 28-year-old who was born in Russia, used a fake identity as a German heiress named Anna Delvey to scam victims out of more than $200,000.

They said she defrauded financial institutions and socialites into believing she had a fortune of $67 million (60 million euros). They said her ruse included an application for a $22 million loan to fund a private arts club, complete with exhibitions, installations and pop-up shops. She was denied that loan but persuaded one bank to lend her $100,000 that she failed to repay.

Sorokin was convicted last month on multiple counts of larceny and theft and has been in custody since her October 2017 arrest. Her sentencing Thursday capped a spectacular case that drew international attention and tabloid headlines. Netflix and HBO are both working on shows based on Sorokin's scams.

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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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U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has said it will seek to deport Sorokin to Germany following her release from state prison.

Sorokin apologized "for the mistakes I made" at her sentencing Thursday, but she struck a different tone in two interviews with the Times at the Rikers Island jail complex.

She said she always intended to pay back her creditors, which included banks, two hotels and a private jet company.

In an interview about a week before her sentencing, Sorokin conceded that she had falsified some bank records but said it was only because she had a big dream. She said she had wanted to start a $40 million private club, and potential investors pushed her to open it before they would put up their own money.

Sorokin said she never told her wealthy friends that she had millions of dollars, they just assumed it.

Sorokin did admit to the Times, "I'm not a good person."

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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