NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A fake German heiress who swindled tens of thousands of dollars from New York banks and hotels was sentenced to 4-12 years in prison Thursday.
Anna Sorokin was sentenced in state court following her conviction for theft of services and grand larceny.
Judge Diane Kiesel said she was “stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception.”
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will seek to deport Sorokin to Germany following her release from state custody. ICE said she Sorokin overstayed her 2017 visa.
Sorokin’s defense attorney said she faced up to 15 years in prison on the most serious charge.
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A Manhattan jury last month found Sorokin guilty of defrauding banks, hotels and friends of more than $200,000. Prosecutors said she attempted to steal millions more through multiple scams.
Sorokin falsely claimed her father was a diplomat or an oil baron.
Her attorney argued she never intended to commit a crime and planned to pay the money back. But prosecutors said she has “not a cent” to her name
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