Anna Sorokin was born on January 23, 1991 just outside of Moscow, Russia.
She moved to Germany with her family when she was 16. She was shy and struggled to speak German.
After graduating high school in 2011, Anna moved to London, England. She intended to attend art school, but she soon moved back home.
She was accepted as an intern for Purple, a French fashion magazine, and moved to Paris, France. In Paris, she began going by the name Anna Delvey.
In 2013, Anna moved to New York City, New York. Despite being the daughter of a truck driver and homemaker, she told people she was a German heiress with a large trust fund. She started making plans to open an exclusive club that housed an art gallery. She intended to call it the Anna Delvey Foundation.
She was regularly seen around New York City dining with the elite at fancy restaurants and staying at high-end hotels. Her instagram account showed her at parties with recognizable New Yorkers, lounging in bed and hosted artsy photos.
Sometimes Anna would pay, always in cash. She would tip hotel staff $100 bills. Other times, her credit card would be declined and she would ask her friends to cover the bill. She would claim that she was waiting on money to transfer from overseas. She would pay some people back and avoid others to keep from paying.
On a trip to Morocco, Anna was able to convince a friend to put more than $60,000 on her credit cards for hotels and meals. She promised to wire the friend the money when they returned to the United States. This was more than the friend earned in a whole year. She was never paid back.
In 2016, Anna applied for a series of loans. She was able to secure $100,000 using fake paperwork. She used that to fund her lifestyle while applying for larger and larger loans; one for over $66 million.
Later that year, she was kicked out of the 11 Howard Hotel for not paying all of her bill. She had managed to live there for months with no credit card on file. She had accumulated more than $30,000 in room and food charges. She took her things and left for the Beekman Hotel.
She was kicked out of that hotel for non-payment, as well. This time after 20 days, but not before she had racked up a bill of over $11,000. She stayed at the W Hotel for 2 days before being evicted.
Anna was homeless and living in a car, but still wearing designer clothes and trying to keep up the charade.
The Beekman and W filed charges for Theft of Services. A restaurant did, as well. Anna was arrested.
In 2017, Anna was charged with larceny when it was discovered that she had scammed banks and hotels out of $275,000.
In December 2018, she was offered a plea deal that included her deportation to Germany. She refused.
She was found guilty of larceny and theft of services in April 2019. She was sentenced to 4-12 years in prison and fined $24,000. She will be deported once she is released because her visa has expired.
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