The fall of the false heir: from the luxurious life in New York to jail
She was a young, successor of great wealth in Germany, lived in luxury hotels and often visited the most exclusive parties in New York. Anna Delni's life was the dream of many. Until it was revealed that everything was a lie and now faces years of imprisonment.
Anna's name was practically the only real thing in the life of the 28-year-old film. His surname was not, Sorokin, really; nor his country of origin, Russia, and not Germany; much less his alleged wealth.
Nevertheless, for years she won her friendship with the New York Elite, where she landed in 2014, full of confidence and equipped with weapons that in the Big Apple is almost always irresistible: tips of $ 100.
Tickets were flying for everyone, for drivers, hotel staff, for waiters … The young woman laid her shoulders with artists, celebrities and millionaires, often visited exclusive restaurants and wore clothes from the best designers.
Anne Delevi's grand project was to open a spectacular private club in Manhattan, an investment of more than $ 40 million, and it was supposed to be designed by Gabriel Calatrava – a group of well-known Spanish architect whom she met in October 2015 and who completed the testimony in the trial against a young woman.
Finally the project was nothing. Anne asked for funds in banks and investment funds, and although she managed to deceive an entity to give her a $ 100,000 credit line, she did not get the millions she asked for.
The supposed family wealth never occurred, because it did not exist. According to several media, his father is a former Russian truck driver who immigrated to Germany with his family and has a small business for heating and air conditioning.
For years, she helped an economically young woman who, before arriving in New York, spent some time in Paris as a colleague in a French fashion and art store.
However, the aura of glamor and lies has worked for a long time, with Sorokin cheating on his big expenses and keeping a train of impossible life, always under the promises of a transfer that had to come from Europe.
The homeowner began to disintegrate early in 2017 when he moved to a five-star hotel in New York Soho, where he settled in a room of $ 400 a night and where he accumulated a debt of about $ 30,000.
Determination – on which she somehow managed to pay – ended the ride, but Sorokin did not give up and moved to a new luxury hotel, and then another one.
Finally, in June 2017, she was arrested after leaving her $ 11,518 in one of them and after trying to leave without paying a restaurant account.
The debts he left behind affects not only businesses but also individuals, such as the New York photographer with whom she has been friends, and invited her to a luxury trip to Morocco with two other people.
Sorokin offered to pay for all expenses, but at the time of truth his credit cards did not work and he persuaded his friend to put it, under the promise to quickly reimburse the expense.
The bill he never paid – including airplanes, hotels, shopping and meals – reached $ 62,000, more than a woman earned in a year, according to a victim in an article in the Vanity Fair.
Shortly after publication, in May 2018, the New York magazine exposed the entire story of Sorokin in a long chronicle full of testimonials from people who had worked with her over the years.
This week, after a month of trial, Sorokin was finally convicted of several charges, accused of stealing more than $ 200,000 and attempting to keep millions more through various frauds.
"As shown in court, Anna Sorokin committed real crimes during her long parody," said district lawyer Cyrus Vance in a statement Thursday.
Criminality, including a large-scale second-instance robbery, may impose a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Sorokin will know his sentence on 9 May.