DA Vance Announces Indictment of Repeat Scammer for Multiple Thefts Totaling $275,000

October 26, 2017

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of ANNA SOROKIN, a/k/a “ANNA DELVEY,” 26, for stealing approximately $275,000 through multiple scams between November 2016 and August 2017. SOROKIN is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, and Theft of Services. [1] 

“This defendant’s alleged criminal conduct spans from check fraud to six-figure stolen loans and includes schemes that resulted in a free trip to Morocco and travel on private planes,” said District Attorney Vance. “The investigation into her criminal activity is ongoing, and if you believe you may have been a victim of this defendant, I urge you to call my Office’s Financial Frauds Hotline at 212-335-8900.” 

According to the indictment and statements made on the record in court, beginning in November 2016, SOROKIN stole approximately $275,000 through a variety of scams. On November 21, 2016, claiming to be a German heiress in an attempt to secure a $22 million loan to open a private club, SOROKIN provided an employee at City National Bank in Midtown with falsified bank documents from other banks showing bank accounts abroad with a total balance of approximately €60 million. A few weeks later, when City National Bank denied the loan, she showed the same documents to a representative from Fortress Investment Group in Midtown. Representatives from Fortress Investment Group said they would consider the loan, if SOROKIN provided $100,000 to cover legal and due diligence expenses. On January 12, SOROKIN secured a $100,000 loan from City National Bank by convincing a bank representative to allow her to overdraft her account. She assured representatives from City National Bank that she would wire the funds shortly to cover the overdraft, but she never re-paid the money.   

In February, Fortress Investment Bank had used approximately $45,000 of SOROKIN’s $100,000 payment for due diligence and legal fees and were attempting to continue verifying her assets to complete the loan. At that point, SOROKIN claimed she no longer needed the loan and withdrew herself from consideration. However, the defendant kept the remainder of the loan from City National Bank – approximately $55,000 – and spent it on personal expenses, including sessions with a personal trainer, stays at the 11 Howard hotel in Manhattan and shopping at Forward by Elyse Walker, Apple, and Net-a-Porter.  

Between April 7 and April 11, the defendant deposited $160,000 in bad checks into her Citibank account and transferred $70,000 from the account before the checks were returned. She used approximately $30,000 to cover her bill at the 11 Howard hotel, where she was living at the time. In May, the defendant chartered a private plane to the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha. She never paid the $35,000 owed to the company, Blade, following the completion of the round-trip flights. 

Also in May, SOROKIN invited a friend on an all-expenses paid trip to Morocco. During the trip, SOROKIN offered her debit card for payment knowing it would be declined due to insufficient funds. Once the card was declined, the defendant asked the friend to provide hers instead, with the promise she would reimburse her. The victim paid for approximately $62,000 worth of travel expenses for the six-night trip, including the rental of a luxury villa with a private swimming pool and butler. SOROKIN never reimbursed her, and made excuses when asked about the status of the re-payment. Finally, in August, the defendant opened a bank account with Signature Bank, deposited $15,000 of bad checks into the account, and withdrew approximately $8,200 in cash before the checks were returned. 

Assistant District Attorney Catherine McCaw handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Gloria Garcia, Deputy Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau; Anne Ternes, Deputy Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau; Archana Rao, Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. 

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force, specifically Detective Jackson Todd and Officer Michael McAffrey; Detectives Montejano and Kipp of the Los Angeles Police Department Gang and Narcotics Division, Fugitive Warrant Section; investigators at Deutsche Bank, UBS, Citibank, and Signature Bank; and US Department of State Special Agent Christopher Nieves for their assistance with the investigation.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

Defendant Information:

ANNA SOROKIN, a/k/a “ANNA DELVEY,” D.O.B 1/23/1991 
New York, NY

•    Attempted Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class C felony, two counts
•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, three counts
•    Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, one count
•    Theft of Services, class A misdemeanor, one count