CRIME

Scammer Anna Delvey Sentenced To 4 To 12 Years In Prison

"The Soho Grifter," who swindled hotels, restaurants and many others out of tens of thousands of dollars, was found guilty in April on eight counts.

On the heels of Anna Sorokin AKA Anna Delvey being found guilty on eight counts, including four counts of theft of services and second-degree grand larceny, the fake German heiress has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison.

Known by many as “the Soho Grifter,” Sorokin was sentenced by Judge Diane Kiesel on Thursday and is getting credit for the 561 days she’s already served. 

A reporter for Business Insider noted that the concurrent sentences she received are “for her 8 convictions, out of 10 charges prosecutors initially brought against her.”

Sorokin was also ordered to pay almost $199,000 in restitution as well as a fine of $24,000. Judge Kiesel described her to the courtroom as someone “blinded by the glitter and glamour of NYC.”

Her scam met its end when she was unable to secure more loans from banks via a trove of forged documents and her credit cards began getting denied.

Sorokin was found guilty at trial in April and faced five to 15 years in prison for the charge of second-degree grand larceny. 

Known for swindling hotels, restaurants and many individuals out of tens of thousands of dollars, Sorokin was adept at pretending to have had an endless bank account. In addition to living out of luxury boutique hotels, most notable the 11 Howard in the Soho neighborhood of New York City, Sorokin would pay for many of her friends’ expensive lunches and talk herself into exclusive parties.

The 28-year-old’s grifting went mainstream when the Vanity Fair photo editor she tricked penned an essay indicating she was forced to pay the $70,000 bill Sorokin left her with for a trip to Morocco. Additionally, there was also a now-viral New York magazine article explaining the faux heiress’ financial gymnastics.

Public interest has been so high for Sorokin’s life story that Shonda Rimes announced in June 2018 that she’d be doing a Netflix series about the illustrious scammer. Lena Dunham also announced in November 2018 that she’d be doing an adaptation of the story with HBO.

This has been updated throughout.