The fake influencer who defrauded New York’s elite is released from prison

Anna Delvey pretended to be a wealthy German heiress to make her friends pay for expensive travel and accommodation in luxury hotels.

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February 12, 2021 4 min read

This article was translated using AI technologies from our Spanish edition. Errors can occur due to this process.

Anna Sorókina, a Russian-born influencer better known as Anna Delvey, was released on parole after her sentence was reduced for good behavior.

According to insider reports, Delvey was released from the Albion Correctional Center in New York state on Thursday and could be deported to Germany in the future.

The fake heiress was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2019 for defrauding banks, hotels, restaurants, and New York’s elite with $ 275,000 to lead a luxurious lifestyle that boasted thousands of followers on Instagram.

Image: Anna Delvey via Instagram

The millionaire heiress who never existed

Anna Sorókina or Delvey was born in Russia in 1991 and moved to London in 2011 to study and eventually arrive in New York. Her parents supported her financially, but it wasn’t enough to lead the high society influencer lifestyle she wanted. She started out on loans to pretend to be a wealthy German heiress: she lived in luxury hotels, dined in five-star restaurants and generally let her friends pay their bills and then just forgot to pay them.

According to New York Magazine, Delvey claimed to be the daughter of a German diplomat and organized events to which she invited international executives, athletes and entertainment stars.

Anna stayed at the elegant New York boutique hotel 11 Howard, where the night costs around $ 400 (a little more than 8,000 Mexican pesos at the current exchange rate) and pretends to be the owner’s friend. People weren’t suspicious of Anna because they believed she had so much money that she “just didn’t count” it, according to the magazine. He simply said that bureaucratic obstacles did not allow him to easily access his “assets” in Europe.

His biggest move was in 2016 when he tried to open a club. He hired his friend, architect Gabriel Calatrava, to help his family-run real estate company find the location: a six-story, 19th-century building on Park Avenue.

The fake celebrity was trying to find an investor who would bring $ 25 million into the project, supplementing it with another $ 25 million that she allegedly already had. For this he used the help of Joel Cohen himself, an investigator against Jordan Belfort, the “wolf of Wall Street”. Cohen even helped him apply for a loan from the City National Bank of Los Angeles, which was ultimately rejected because his bank statements were found to be false.

Image: Anna Delvey via Instagram

The deception is exposed

His deception collapsed when it was discovered that he had failed to give his card number to the 11 Howard Hotel, where he already owed $ 30,000. He could pay what he owed but had to leave the hotel. It was then that New York high society realized that Delvey had no money.

In 2017, the influencer was arrested in Malibu, California and charged with six frauds. Prosecutors found that Delvey used bad checks to transfer money between his accounts and withdrew the principal before the checks bounced back.

Rachel Williams, one of Delvey’s victims, told New York Magazine that the influencer invited her on a trip to Morocco and all expenses were paid for. However, when the fake heir’s credit card was declined, Williams was forced to pay the $ 62,000 bill with a promise that Anna would return the money, which never happened.

In the summer of 2017, she was arrested in Malibu, California and charged with six counts. She spent four years in prison – including the time on the famous Rikers Island prior to her trial – before she was released this week.

According to BBC Mundo, Delvey paid part of the compensation imposed on him with money Netflix gave him for the right to tell his story for a series developed by Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey’s Anatomy and How to away with Murder) .

Today Delvey still has more than 75,000 followers on Instagram.

Image: Anna Delvey via Instagram

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