Though the reign of Anna Delvey, the Russian-born, German-raised scammer, over New York’s fashion elite has come to an end, she continues to live up to her persona.
The almost unbelievable story of Delvey (née Sorokin) was chronicled in New York magazine last May, and nearly one year later her micro-celebrity status remains a talking point for Twitter. That’s thanks in part to the fact that the rights to the story of the fake heiress have been snatched up by Shonda Rhimes, as part of her Netflix deal, and partially thanks to the fact that today Sorokin appeared in front of a Manhattan jury for her trial.
Sorokin was charged with ten counts of grand larceny and thefts of services after allegedly swindling a hefty number of fellow socialites and a few hotels—including the Beekman Hotel, the W Downtown, and the Parker Méridien, all in New York—out of some $275,000, attempting to take out $22 million loan, and stiffing a friend for a $62,000 bill for an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco, which ultimately landed her in jail at Rikers Island.
While Sorokin was incarcerated, her Instagram account remained public, and she racked up nearly 60,000 followers in the subsequent months. It should be noted that Sorokin also has connections to another popular grifter: Billy McFarland of Fyre Festival infamy. Page Six reported that in 2013 the socialite figured out a way to squat rent-free in the SoHo headquarters for Magnises, McFarland’s fraudulent credit card company, for four months.
On Wednesday afternoon, the 28-year-old Sorokin appeared in New York for the opening day of her trial, and Twitter had a lot to say about what she wore: a black dress with a deep V neckline, a black choker, large black framed glasses, and ballet flats, making her look more like an edgy cellist than a Balenciaga-wearing, self-proclaimed German heiress with $60 million to her name, though it is still a more interesting look for court than most.
According to Page Six, for her first court appearance and jury selection, on March 21, after Sorokin’s lawyer Todd Spodek urged her not to wear stilettos, she opted for an affordable H&M ensemble consisting of a black blazer over a beige sweater.
Some have also taken notice of Sorokin’s hair, which some cite as one of the initial tells that tipped off the actual rich people around her that Sorokin was faking it. While she was scamming her way through the hotels of SoHo, her hair remained frizzy, and many critics have argued that if she really had the gargantuan amount of disposable income she claimed to have, her ends might not have appeared to be so split all the time. Today, when Sorokin appeared before the jury, she sported a rather sleek hairdo.
If Sorokin is to be convicted after her trial, she may face deportation for overstaying her visa, according to reports from Insider, which spoke to an ICE representative named Rachel Yong Yow. “ICE is requesting that we be notified prior to her release from local custody so she can be taken into ICE custody,” she said. “Regardless of whether or not she is convicted, she is amenable for removal because she is a visa waiver overstay. If she is convicted, she is sentenced to serve her time in the U.S.”