Schwenke Auctioneers - August Fine Estates Auction - August 28

Fake German Heiress Behind Art Scam Gets 4 to 12 Years in Prison

  • May 09, 2019 15:29

  • Email
Anna Delvey selfie
theannadelvey / Instagram

In Manhattan state court on Thursday, self-styled socialite Anna Sorokin, a.k.a. Anna Delvey, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for second-degree grand larceny and theft of services.

"This defendant’s alleged criminal conduct spans from check fraud to six-figure stolen loans," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said in 2017.

Sorokin, 28, put herself in “the best position to take money” from wealthy art collectors, financial institutions, friends and auctioneers, and schemed a members-only arts club, based on a web of lies, including that she was a German heiress worth some 60 million euros. The upaid bills and bank loans started stacking up before her arrest in 2017.

Sorokin falsified bank records to pursue a $22 million loan for her private arts club.

Judge Diane Kiesel said she was “stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception, her labyrinthine lies that kept her con afloat.”

Two charges were dropped, including the alleged scam of a friend who footed a $62,000 bill for a Morocco vacation that Sorokin supposedly said she'd pay back, and didn't.

Sorokin, who was born in Russia, is a German national and faces deportation to Germany due to an overstayed visa, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

She was ordered to pay $199,000 in restitution, as well as a fine of $24,000.

Shonda Rhimes has a Netflix project in the works about Sorokin, who was dubbed the "SoHo grifter."

Read more at Buzzfeed


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Porsche Type 64

Auction Faux-Pas Stalls Bidding on $20 Million Porsche

  • CNN / August 20th, 2019

An unusual slip up could be behind an early Porsche not becoming the most expensive car from the luxury maker ...

Read More...
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show 2018

Renamed Fall Show, San Francisco's Destination Event Will Mix It Up With Art, Antiques and Design

  • ArtfixDaily / August 20th, 2019

Since 1981, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show has been a key west coast event in the antiques category. Now in its ...

Read More...
 Pipilotti Rist, International Liquid Finger Prayer, 2019 (still).  Augmented reality.  Courtesy the artist and Apple

Apple and New Museum Launch App-Enabled [AR]T Initiative

  • ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2019

Apple invited the New Museum to collaborate on a new Augmented Reality initiative to create a series of experiential ...

Read More...
Detail of the Taber Family Tianqiuping from the Philbrook Museum of Art that sold at Christie's Hong Kong in 2018 for HK$130,600,000.

Trump Imposes 10 Percent Tariff on Chinese Art and Antiques Starting September 1

  • ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2019

U.S. President Trump deepened his trade war with China by imposing a new 10% tariff on Chinese art, antiques and ...

Read More...

ARTFIXdaily Artwire