Anna Delvey, real name Sorokin, is a Russian-born woman who posed as a wealthy German heiress to swindle banks, hotels, and New York socialites out of large sums of money.
The 31-year-old, who was born in Moscow before her family moved to Germany, moved to New York City in the summer of 2013 for Fashion Week while working for French fashion magazine Purple. . She had previously been enrolled at Central Saint Martins in London, but she dropped out and moved to Paris, where she changed her surname from Sorokin to Delvey.
Once in New York, he transferred to Purple’s office in the capital and began mingling with the wealthy members of the New York art scene, pitching his idea for the Anna Delvey Foundation, a private members’ club, and charity foundation. art, to investors.
Over the next five years, she would swindle several acquaintances out of thousands of dollars by promising to pay for plane tickets and hotels and “forgetting” to pay them back, all the while claiming that she had family money. She also convinced banks to lend her hundreds of thousands of dollars and deposited fraudulent checks while she defrauded hotels by avoiding a credit card.