Foe the best part of a year, Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress accused of fraud in Manhattan, lived a life most people can only dream of.
Lengthy stays at Manhattan hotels, exotic vacations, designer clothes, spas and celebrity personal trainers were all part of the lifestyle Sorokin, who then went by Anna Delvey, was known for.
It ended abruptly in October 2017 when, after months of dodging the bill, Sorokin was arrested on fraud charges in Los Angeles. She was convicted on seven counts of fraud on Thursday and faces 15 years in jail.
In court, prosecutors would reveal the true extent of her duplicity; not only had she skipped out on the bill in restaurants and hotels, racking up charges prosecutors totaled to be $275,000, but Sorokin, had also managed to dupe banks into extending her lines of credit and was on the cusp of winning a $22million investment for an ‘arts club’ she promised would become her legacy.
She had managed to get $133,200 in cash from Fortress, City National and Signature, three banks, by forging assets and depositing bad checks.
She was able to cover some expenses – lunches, dinners, drinks and shopping – but her expenses far exceeded it.
By the time her house of cards crumbled, she had managed to rack up thousands upon thousands in debt which she would never pay.
Here is how she used some of the stolen funds during her reign of luxury before it all came crashing down.
Month-long stays at 5 star hotels: $41,500
Sorokin’s operating base was 11 Howard, a five-star hotel in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood where she checked herself in for a month in 2017.
She opted for a $400-a-night deluxe room and managed to get in by claiming she was a revered guest.
The hotel let the fact that she did not have a functioning credit card for her booking slide but eventually, they became suspicious and insisted on some form of payment.
Sorokin sent a $30,000 wire transfer to cover the cost of her room and room charges (including large dinners at Le CouCou, it’s exclusive restaurant) to quieten them.
She was only able to do so after depositing $160,000 of bad checks into an account then withdrawing $70,000 before they bounced.
Sorokin stayed for a month at 11 Howard in Soho, racking up a final bill of $30,000 in room and restaurant charges
When she got thrown out of 11 Howard, Sorokin went to the Beekman (pictured) where she managed to stay 20 days before being locked out of her room. Her bill there was $11,000
When she still could not provide a working credit card afterwards, she was thrown out.
She took refuge in the equally plush Beekman Hotel, where she was able swindle a 20 free nights before being turfed out in a similar fashion.
The cost of her second stay was $11,500. It was never paid.
After the Beekman was The W, where she stayed for two nights before being thrown out.
Morocco vacation: $62,109.29
Sorokin arranged a trip to Morocco for her ‘close’ friends; a Vanity Fair photo editor, personal trainer Kacy Duke and a videographer who she wanted to document the trip.
The flights were paid for by Rachel DeLoache Williams, the photo editor, who put them on her credit card without thinking, assuming Sorokin would reimburse her since she had claimed she would foot the bill for the vacation.
Their opulent accommodation for the trip was a $7,000-a-night private villa at the illustrious La Mamounia hotel.
Sorokin arranged a trip to Marrakesh where she insisted on staying in a $7,000-a-night riad at La Mamonia, a famous five star hotel (pictured)
DeLoache Williams and Sorokin are shown together during their May 2017 trip to Marrakesh
The hotel is an institution in Marrakesh and has welcomed esteemed guests for decades.
Again, Sorokin got by without providing a credit card by claiming she was someone she was not.
Staff caught up with her scheme three days into the stay and threatened to involve local authorities.
The room, and charges including meals, drinks, spa treatments and a driver, had to be paid for and the total was more than $62,109.
DeLoache Williams put the entire balance on a credit card she sometimes used for work. It was more than she earned in a year.
Private jet to track down Warren Buffett: $35,000
Perhaps one of the most entertaining anecdotes from the entire trial is the story of when Sorokin somehow wrangled a $35,000 charter from the company Fly Blade to get to Omaha and track down Warren Buffett at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.
She boasted to friends that she got into a dinner party and spoke to the billionaire herself.
In 2017, she convinced Fly Blade, a private jet charter company to take her from New York City to Omaha to hunt down Warren Buffett at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting. She never paid the $35,000 bill for the plane
HOW SHE DID IT
In 2017, Sorokin showed fake documents claiming she had 60million euros to get a loan from private equity Fortress Investment Group in Midtown.
They said they would consider it if she put up $100,000 for them to do due diligence, , which is basically a background check of her financial records.
She got $100,000 from City National, a different bank, by convincing them to give her an overdraft that she promised to repay within days. She then gave that money to Fortress.
They spent $45,000 of it but she then asked for $55,000 back, claiming she no longer needed their help.
That is what she used to fund her lifestyle but it ran out quickly and in April, she resorted to having to depositing bad checks and transferring funds out before they bounced.
This is how she got the $30,000 to pay 11 Howard via a wire transfer.
Between April 7 and April 11, she deposited $160,000 in bad checks into her Citibank account and transferred $70,000 out before they bounced.
In August, she opened a different account with a different bank, deposited $15,000 in bad checks and withdrew $8,200 before they bounced.
The bill for the charter company, which is popular among the uber-wealthy elite of New York who use it to fly to and from the Hamptons and Miami, never got paid.
A spokesman for Fly Blade said it made an exception for Sorokin because international payments can sometimes take time to come through but that in Sorokin’s case, she assured them with doctored confirmation of payment.
‘BLADE normally waits for funds to hit our accounts before launching a charter.
‘However, at times we may make exceptions for international flights since it’s common that international wires take a day to clear.
‘For the flight in question, we received oral confirmation of the funds transfer with routing numbers and all relevant and verifiable account information.
‘This was followed by receipt of a PDF of a Deutsche Bank wire confirmation which Deutsche Bank later determined was doctored,’ they told DailyMail.com.
When Sorokin did not pay, they canceled the return leg of her trip, the spokesman said.
The jet was also already en-route to Los Angeles, they said, so ‘the cost of stopping in Omaha was de minimus’.
Birthday party at Sadelle’s arranged by PR firm – unspecified
One of the earliest signs of Sorokin’s dishonesty was when she skipped out on the bill for a private birthday party she held at Sadelle’s, a trendy down-town restaurant in New York that is famed for its bagels and lox.
Near impossible to get a reservation at, Sorokin hired the entire restaurant out for her birthday in 2016.
She enlisted the services of a PR firm to help put the bash together but, when it came time to pay for it, was nowhere to be seen.
Sorokin hired a PR agency to put together her 26th birthday party at Sadelle’s in New York City in 2016
Sorokin is pictured at her 2016 party in Sadelle’s before she was arrested. The total cost of the bill is unknown
Guests of the party started receiving phone calls about the fact she never settled her bill.
Sadelle’s is owned by Major Food Group, a titanic hospitality group in New York City which counts Carbone, Barack Obama’s favorite restaurant, among its establishments.
It did not reply to inquiries regarding the cost of the party or whether it is seeking reimbursement.
The average item on Sadelle’s breakfast menu is around $25.
It is unclear what the cost of the party was in the end.
Personal training/life coach package with celebrity expert: $4,500
Sorokin paid cash for a $4,500 package with trainer Kacy Duke
While Sorokin was able to avoid paying for major charges, she did keep on hand a stack of cash to take care of smaller expenses.
These included giving $100 tips to her ‘friends’ at 11 Howard’s reception to make sure she was seen to straight away if she appeared at the front desk, often in a robe and clutching a glass of white wine.
Another was to pay for a personal trainer and life coach who trained her at the hotel.
Neff Davis, the former 11 Howard receptionist who now hopes to launch her Hollywood career by serving as a ‘consultant’ on a Netflix series about Sorokin, was invited to train with her.
She said she went along with it happily despite it being seen as inappropriate by hotel staff because Sorokin insisted it was more fun to exercise with a friend than alone. It was the same excuse she gave DeLoache Williams, asking that she join her too.
The cost of a package she bought from Kacy Duke, who is at least one of the trainers she sought help from, was $4,500.
Duke charges $300-per-hour private training sessions.
Duke did not respond when asked if Sorokin still owes her money.
Duke accompanied her to Morocco but flew home early because she was sick. She shared a photograph from the trip during the trial, captioning it: ‘Before the ugly truth of this trip!
Duke went with her on the trip to Morocco but flew home early because she became ill and was not confronted with the hotel bill.
She ended up booking Sorokin a flight back to the US when she called her crying and alone afterwards.
She requested a first class ticket when Duke was booking her flight.
Designer clothes: $1,000 and counting
Sorokin’s penchant for designer clothes extended to her trial
In dueling articles about Sorokin’s fraud in both The Cut and Vanity Fair, there is frequent mention to her glamorous appearance and how it sustained her facade.
‘She walked into my life in Gucci sandals and Celine glasses,’ DeLoache Williams wrote about how she met her.
The glasses would have cost upwards of $460 provided Sorokin bought them when they were current season.
She still wears them.
As for her shoes, Gucci sandals are known to retail for close to $500.
There are other references to pricey labels throughout both articles and expensive clothing was a regular fixture of her trial.
Davis, the 11 Howard hostess, refers to her wardrobe of black workout leggings and Supreme gear in The Cut.
She also once received a $400 Rick Owens t-shirt from Sorokin as a gift.
During her trial, Sorokin showed up in court in a parade of designer outfits including Victoria Beckham and Yves Saint Laurent shirts, dresses and blouses.
Who paid for them remains unclear.
Eyelash extensions and haircuts: $1,000-a-pop
Sorokin, according to DeLoache Williams ‘regularly’ went for $425 full eyelash extensions at Christian Zamora or $140 ‘touch-ups here and there.’
For her hair, she visited Marie Robinson Salon for color (where prices run up to $800 for a full head of highlights) and Sally Hershberger for cuts.
She also visited infared saunas in the East Village.
She paid for those treatments using the money she got back from Fortress after deciding not to pursue with their due diligence.
In essence, it was stolen money from City National which had given her a $100,000 overdraft based on faked records which said she had a 60 million euros to her name.
Sorokin, according to DeLoache Williams ‘regularly’ went for $425 full eyelash extensions at Christian Zamora’s Manhattan salon
London branding experts for fake arts club: $21,840
As part of her ruse to come up with a $22million investment for her club, Sorokin hired a group of branding experts to help her legitimize herself and secure capital.
The company was run by Marc Kremers in London.
After researching her and finding her face pop up in New York’s society pages, he agreed to work with her and put together a pitch deck for The Anna Delvey Foundation- the arts club she promised would become her legacy.
He spent £17,000, the equivalent of more than $21,000, working for her but however, was never paid.
This was part of the pitch deck Kremers helped Sorokin build for her ‘arts club’, The Anna Delvey Foundation
Among the excuses she gave him for not settling her bill was that she had never run a business before and could not, no matter how hard she tried, get her ducks in a row.
She sent him countless emails, cc’ing ‘fictitious family financial advisers’, promising to make good on her promise but he was never paid.
Branding expert Marc Kremers, who is based in London, spent more than $20,000 working on the project but has not yet seen a penny of it back
Kremers contacted the Manhattan’s District Attorney’s offering up his story when he became frustrated waiting for payment.
He told DailyMail.com during her trial that he has never heard back from prosecutors since speaking to them initially.
‘I spoke to the DA office in NYC before the case and shared my email trail which followed the same trajectory as others trying to get paid by Anna and also supplied the visual identity we made for ADF and the presentation we designed which was used as evidence.
‘That said the prosecutors never contacted me again and I’m not even sure they have included the amount she owed me which came to £17,000 in the full amount they’ve tallied in her fraud,’ he said.
Whether or not any of her victims will ever see their money again remains to be seen.
Prosecutors will seek restitution at sentencing.