Anna Sorokin, who used the name Anna Delvey to pose as an heiress and bilk elite New Yorkers out of more than $200,000, was found guilty on several charges Thursday. Her story is the focus of planned projects from Shonda Rhimes and Lena Dunham.
Prosecutors said Sorokin/Delvey attempted to steal millions more between November 2016 and August 2017. A Rhimes project based on a New York Magazine story about her will air on Netflix, and Dunham is reportedly working on a second project.
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.
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.