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A New York jury has convicted fake German heiress Anna Sorokin of swindling tens of thousands of dollars from banks, hotels and friends.
Jurors returned a guilty verdict Thursday following a month-long trial that attracted international attention.
Sorokin - Counts - Larceny - Counts - Theft
Sorokin was convicted of three counts of grand larceny and four counts of theft of services. She's to be sentenced May 9.
The one-time darling of the Big Apple has been on trial for the past month on grand larceny and theft of services charges after swindling friends, banks and hotels out of $275,000 in a 10-month odyssey.
Prosecutors - Sorokin - Luxury - New - York
Prosecutors said Sorokin lived in luxury New York hotel rooms that she couldn't afford, promised a friend an all-expenses trip to Morocco and then stiffed her with the $62,000 bill and peddled bogus bank statements in her quest for a $22 million loan for a private arts club.
During closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors portrayed Sorokin as a profligate con artist, while her lawyer insisted she was an aspiring businesswoman taken in by New York's extravagance.
Defense - Attorney - Todd - Spodek - Sorokin
Her defense attorney, Todd Spodek, insisted Sorokin had been 'buying time' and planned all along to settle her six-figure debts, portraying her as an entrepreneur who got in over her head. He compared her at one point to Frank Sinatra, saying 'they both created their own opportunities' in New York.
'There's a little bit of Anna in all of us,' Spodek said. 'This is the life she chose to live.'
Sorokin - Business - Plans - Arts - Club
Sorokin had ambitious business plans to build a private arts club in New York and that she was 'persistent and she was determined to make her business a reality', according to her attorney.
She may have led an unethical and unorthodox lifestyle, he added, but Sorokin was 'enabled every step of the way by a system that favors people with money.'
Sorokin - Intent
In trying to prove Sorokin's intent,...
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