Fake heiress gets yearslong sentence

German-Russian Anna Sorokin faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of crimes including multiple counts of grand larceny as well as theft of services

At trial, Sorokin's attorney Todd Spodek likened her to Frank Sinatra, saying: "In a city that favors money and the appearance of money... they both created their own opportunities".

A woman who was convicted of stealing more than $200,000 from banks and friends while posing as a German heiress and scamming her way into NY society was sentenced Thursday to 4 to 12 years in prison, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. Pictures from the courtroom reveal that although she attempted to arrange her face in a way that looked impassive, Sorokin is clearly devastated by the prospect of spending more than a decade in prison.

Sorokin, who is a German national, will be deported by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) once her sentence is over.

"As proven at trial, Anna Sorokin committed real white-collar felonies over the course of her lengthy masquerade", New York District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement after the verdict obtained by PEOPLE. He maintained that Sorokin had no criminal intent but was instead an ambitious entrepreneur.

Anna Sorokin, who a New York jury convicted last month of swindling more than $200,000 from banks and people, reacts during her sentencing at Manhattan State Supreme Court New York, US, May 9, 2019.

NY judge Diane Kiesel also ordered Anna Sorokin, a Russian immigrant who posed as a fake German heiress named Anna Delvey, to pay $198,956 in restitution and a $24,000 fine, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say Sorokin used forged bank statements to seek a loan of $22 million from a bank to fund a private arts club she wanted to open in Manhattan.

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"She's a tough woman", Spodek said, noting she has been at Rikers Island for more than 500 days.

Sorokin went by Anna Delvey when she defrauded financial institutions and Manhattan celebrity circles into believing she had a fortune of about $US67 million ($NZ102m) overseas that could cover her jet-setting lifestyle, high-end clothing and lavish hotel stays.

Sorokin falsely claimed her father was a diplomat or an oil baron.

She confidently promised she would pay the money she owed, including one incident recounted in court in which she skipped out on an $11,000 tab at The Beekman hotel in Manhattan after a 16-night stay.

A widely-circulated Vanity Fair article by Rachel Williams, a former friend of Sorokin's, detailed an account about how the so-called heiress invited her to Morocco on a paid trip, then had her foot the bill for a staggering $62,000 she didn't have.

But his appeal ultimately failed to sway jurors, who found her guilty last month.

"She was creating a business that she believed would work and she was buying time", her attorney argued. The prosecutor said Sorokin seemed to revel at the plight of her victims and showed more concern for her attire than the emotions of those she hurt.

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