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One of the most interesting stories to come out in the last few years is that of Anna Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, a fraudster of considerable skill, guile and nerve. Her scale of deceit and success at its beggars’ belief. At least with an AML ID CHECK from they would have been able to stop her sooner. What are the details of the story?

Anna Sorokin was a Russian girl with dreams. Her main dream was to open a club, but not just any old club. It had to have an art theme. With no money or resources, how would she ever do this? The answer was simple. She would pretend to be Anna Delvey, a rich German heiress with unlimited cash to spend amongst the New York glitterati.

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She soon began making friends during New York fashion week. Nobody questioned her about her credentials. Soon she was applying for and receiving overdraft facilities, staying in hotels, designer goods, trips to other countries and all under the promise of payment later. If this didn’t work out, then she would sleep in a car. She seems to have convinced most of the New Yorkers she met by simply being haughty and rude to staff.

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However, she was also clever by befriending hotel chiefs and the concierge with expensive gifts to help provide for her cover. In the end, before she was caught, Anna Delvey/Sorokin had managed to take $275,000 worth of goods and services with no chance of them being paid back.

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