Anna Sorokin, who used the name Anna Delvey to pose as an heiress and swindle elite New Yorkers out of more than $200,000, was sentenced Thursday to four to 12 years behind bars. Her story is the focus of planned projects from Shonda Rhimes and Lena Dunham.
“I apologize for the mistakes I made,” she said at her sentencing, according to The New York Times.
Judge Diane Kiesel also ordered Sorokin to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution, plus a $24,000 fine.
A Rhimes project based on a New York Magazine story about how Sorokin used the Anna Delvey alias to navigate New York’s most exclusive circles her will air on Netflix. Dunham is reportedly working on a second project.
Sorokin, who was convicted last month, has been jailed at Rikers Island since October 2017. Prosecutors said Sorokin/Delvey attempted to steal millions more between November 2016 and August 2017.
During the trial, Sorokin’s attorney, Todd Spodek, argued that his client had not committed a crime because she planned to pay everyone back, The New York Times reported.
As Delvey, Sorokin wowed potential investors with plans to build a Soho House-style bar, nightclub and art space. She let people believe she was a German heiress, when in fact she was a financially strapped Russian, prosecutors said.
The Times said Sorokin stole about $213,000 in money and services by tricking hotels, a bank, and a private jet company.
Among the people she misled was Neffatari “Neff” Davis, a hotel concierge and filmmaker, who joined her on a spiraling journey through New York’s money-and-bluffing-based caste system that became the focus of the New York Magazine piece.