This is a damning conclusion to a raucous series of events in which Sorokin became something of a folk hero to her scam-obsessed supporters, but the woman formerly known as “Anna Delvey” has also been ordered to pay $199,000 in restitution and an additional fine of $24,000. According to BuzzFeed, in a New York court on Thursday, judge Diane Kiesel stated that Sorokin’s many antics reminded her of the Bruce Springsteen song “Blinded by the Light.”
“She was blinded by the glitter and glamour of New York City,” Kiesel said.
Like so many of us, Sorokin dreamed of becoming part of a world that was not quite within her reach. But Sorokin did far more than just sigh wistfully while she imagined transcending her circumstances. She was found guilty of committing theft of services, second-degree grand larceny and first-degree grand larceny in her journey to measure up to the rich and illustrious glamazons with whom she studiously surrounded herself.
Sorokin’s many schemes included duping investors out of hundreds of thousands on the pretense that she was building a high-end arts center, hopping from hotel to hotel and chartering private jets for herself, all the while dancing off without paying the bill. She was finally arrested in 2017 at the Le Parker Meridien hotel in Manhattan after failing to cough up $200 for a lavish meal. She has been held on Rikers Island since October 2017.
Before her sentencing on Thursday, Sorokin was apparently remorseful. “I apologize for the mistakes I made,” she said, reported BBC News.
As she has done in the past, the fake heiress appeared in court on Thursday in a chic outfit that consisted of all-black separates and oversize spectacles. 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. Who wouldn’t be?