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The Fake Socialite Who Scammed New York’s Elite – The Vault

The Fake Socialite Who Scammed New York’s Elite – The Vault


When Anna Delvey arrived on New York’s party scene in 2016, she turned a lot of heads. She was name dropping New York’s elite, staying at lavish hotels, getting $400 eyelash extensions, and eating things that weren’t on the menu at some of New York’s most expensive restaurants; places I couldn’t get into if I offered to pay double and sit in the kitchen. She often tipped in $100 bills even for things people don’t tip for. Point is, she had all this money but no one around her really knew where it was coming from. I heard her parents were Russian oil billionaires. Excuse me, I have to get a drink. No. I heard they’re billionaires but in green solar energy. Bye. I said bye. Bro I heard her parents were diplomats and she got all her money from a trust fund bro. You spot me bro? Actually, none of those are true. Anna Delvey’s parents are everyday people. Her dad drives a truck in Germany. She’s just a really good liar; allegedly. And those lies defrauded banks, hotels, restaurants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Everyone I’m Patrick Jones and welcome to the Vault. [MUSIC] Today we’re talking about Anna Delvey, who for years tricked the New York party scene into thinking she was anyone but who she actually was. Her story is wild and fascinating. Okay friends, buckle up because here we go. [BACKGROUND] Anna is all over the party scenes in New York City and the Hamptons. Art gallery openings, expensive dinners, luxury gyms, the Surf Lodge in Montauk; you name it, she was there. At this time Anna had a big goal. She wanted to buy real estate, specifically a building on Park Avenue South in New York City. It’s really big and features a 19th century church on the property. For you non New Yorkers, this is prime. If this property was a monopoly, you’d want to own it. You’d want to build hotels on it and you’d want to throw your success in your grandma’s face. Anna was telling anyone who would listen what her plans were for this space. She saw it as a dynamic visual arts center that would include art exhibits, pop up shops, restaurants, bars, a bakery, and a juice bar. But again, buying that space would be really expensive. To help her land this prize location, Anna talked to banks about loans, sought advice from financial counselors, and even hired a PR company. Seems like she was gaining momentum and then poof! [BACKGROUND] She leaves New York, telling some friends she needed to leave the United States briefly for Cologne, Germany as part of a visa issue. In February of 2017, Anna came back to New York and checked into 11 Howard. From there, she racked up a lot of bills. She would attend expensive personal training sessions [BACKGROUND] and eat at Le Coucou which is a restaurant owned by 11 Howard. Meaning she could charge these meals to her hotel bill. At the restaurant, Anna was a regular and charming enough that the head chef wouldn’t mind making her elaborate things that weren’t on the menu. I don’t think they’d even allow that at Denny’s. [MUSIC] Now we’ve hit the first patch of trouble for Anna. 11 Howard realized they didn’t have a working credit card on file and her bills were piling up. Don’t forget her Le Coucou bills are on that tab as well. Such a rich privilege to be like, “yeah, just put that on my tab.” While the rest of us are getting yelled at for trying to get free refills at Mickey D’s. Still Anna was able to buy herself some time by wiring a portion of her tab to 11 Howard, but not enough time and not enough money. During this controversy, Anna left the city on a $35,000 private jet ride to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway annual stockholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. Yes, I know. She’s having money problems and also spending $35,000 on a private jet. We’ll come back to that, I promise. [MUSIC] When she got back from Nebraska, Anna connected with Rachel Williams, a photo editor at Vanity Fair. In May of 2017, Anna, Rachel, and a few other people went to Morocco and stayed at an exclusive resort. We’re talking the top of the top. Unable to afford the trip herself, Rachel wrote in her Vanity Fair article that Anna essentially said, No trouble, all on me. We’re talking airfare, hotels, dinners. Rachel had a sugar momma taking her on the trip of a lifetime. Maybe you can see where this is going because this is the Vault, a show about crime and not a show about people having super fun times and trips. During the trip, the hotel started hounding Anna for a working credit card; which she didn’t have. They were polite about it at first thinking it was a misunderstanding. But eventually the hotel came down on their group hard. People from the hotel were fired for this. There was a lot of pressure here. So the staff cornered Anna and Rachel in their room and demanded someone hand over a credit card. That person ended up being Rachel. Rachel describes Anna as annoyed that the hotel was holding her up and said to Rachel, Listen, it’s just a little mix up. Can you cover this and I’ll pay you back in a week. At the time, Rachel was making under 60 grand a year and was now in the hole for more than $62,000. If you want more details on the trip, there was a great article in Vanity Fair about it all. [MUSIC] When Anna arrived back in New York City in June of 2017, she couldn’t go back to 11 Howard because they locked her out and took all of her stuff. So Anna checked into another luxury hotel, The Beekman. But got the boot from them too. There she had racked up a bill of $11,000. I still can’t believe these places let her go without a working credit card on the spot. But that’s the thing about Anna. She was so good at playing this rich character that these places just assumed she was good for the money. Meanwhile, Anna’s situation was becoming more dire. Her biggest goal, the property on Park Avenue South, was sold to someone else. The thing is, if that venture was successful, she easily could have made enough money to pay everyone back. On top of that, the press caught up to her. The New York Post came out with an article asking who this woman was who keep staying at luxury hotels only to stiff them on the bill, and the press weren’t the only ones. Turns out the New York D.A. was already on to Anna. Anna was arrested and charged with grand larceny, falsifying documents, theft of services, and other charges. She allegedly bilked somewhere around $275,000 from banks, restaurants, hotels, and friends like Rachel. Anna, whose real name is Anna Sorokin, was born in 1991 in Russia and now she could be facing as much as 15 years of jail time. Don’t forget, a lot of what she was trying to do centered around buying property for her Visual Arts Center. In late 2016, she tried to secure that funding by going to National Bank and asking for a 22 million dollar loan and she allegedly went into those meetings with documents claiming that she owned 60 million British pounds in assets. In one of the most amazing examples of playing it cool, she was successful in that meeting. National Bank only wanted Anna to wire them $100,000 which would cover their legal fees and also their costs of due diligence in investigating. Coming up with that money wasn’t particularly hard. She went to Fortress bank and allegedly said something like, I have a loan coming for 22 million. I just need $100,000 and when that loan comes in I’ll be able to pay you back right away. Fortress was in and it took that money and gave it to National Bank so they could investigate her. There’s also instances of her depositing fake checks to banks like City Bank and Signature Bank. Somehow she was able to pull funds out before the banks realized the checks were bad. That’s why Anna always had cash on her. She never had credit cards. She didn’t have credit and that’s how she built a reputation. People saw her flashing cash all over town. But everything came crashing down. By February of 2017, she pulled out of her deal with National Bank. At that point they had gone through $55,000 of the $100,000 she gave them to look into her. That 45 grand coming back to her bought her some time with 11 Howard, that’s why she was able to wire part of her bill as she went to Nebraska but as we know. Not enough time. Without the national loan she really was doomed. But there’s another twist, she owed Rachel, several hotels, the PR company she hired, restaurants where she threw parties. Remember that private jet? Yeah. She somehow got that trip on an IOU. With all the press covering Anna’s story, she seemingly has turned into the celebrity she pretended to be. There is even a reported Netflix series in the works where Anna will be played by Jennifer Lawrence. That’s as celebrity as it gets. If there was ever a movie about The Vault, I’d be played by Macaulay Culkin. [MUSIC] Anna set trial in early of 2019. It was a bit of a circus. [BACKGROUND] As Anna hired a fashion coordinator to dress her, and a very flashy lawyer who began his opening statement by talking about Frank Sinatra’s New York New York. In fact, Anna delayed the trial several times because she didn’t like what she was wearing. In the end, Anna was found guilty on eight charges. She was found not guilty on another charge of attempted grand larceny for attempting to obtain that 22 million dollar loan and also not guilty for allegedly stealing the $62,000 for the Morocco trip from Rachel. Anna Sorokin’s been sentenced to four to 12 years in jail. She must pay $200,000 in restitution and a $24,000 fine. The thing is, she would have served less time had she accepted the plea deal. It offered her just one year behind bars. In an interview with The New York Times, Anna said she wasn’t sorry and would probably do it again. However, she may not get the chance because once she’s released from prison, US Customs and Immigration says, they’ll look to deport her back to Germany. Let’s hope they’re paying attention over there. [MUSIC] Thank you everybody for watching The Vault. If you liked what you saw, please like, comment, subscribe. If you have stories that you’d like to see us animate and have fun with that are related to financial crime, we’d love to hear about it. Who doesn’t like a good true financial crime story. Thank you very much for watching.

Comments (100)

  1. Dumb Russian bitch who aint even that pretty, how can people even believe her

  2. the real Great Gatsby – but more scam and more manipulation

  3. Hahaha that's white privilege.

  4. if she's that good she deserves it lol

  5. I think her downfall was not garnering a large social media presence.

  6. Is it a bad thing that i think shes a role model?

  7. Lol Germans aren't as stupid as Americans. Which is why she flew all the way to the US to execute all of this.
    Have you seen the amount of paperwork you have to complete to just get a sim card in Germany? Nothing is passing those nerds by.

  8. WHY DID THIS SCREAM GOSSIP GIRL THO

  9. But shes so ugly how did she do it?

  10. And if you look over here you’ll see white privilege again

  11. Biggest finesser of the century🤣🤭🤣🤭

  12. She is the female Frank 😂 The Leo movie “Catch me if you can” 😂

  13. lying and white privilege

  14. I bet the film will just glamorise this awful socialite behaviour and make Anna out to be really cool and smart. It's despicable she's an awful human being who deserve no recollection beyond being a spoilt little bitch. Let's find more interesting people to make films about.

  15. My mother always said: "If you can lie, you can steal, if you can steal you can KILL!"

  16. she should be serving 20 years behind bars if she killed somebody or multiple people she will be behind bars and nothing should be made about her she should be forgotten in American history she's a criminal just like somebody who goes to prison for carrying drugs it's the same thing she's evil and doesn't have a conscious if I was a man I wouldn't marry her cuz she probably would kill me in my sleep

  17. Let’s be real, I only feel poorly for the people on the bottom that lost their jobs. The rich people she committed fraud on? What a shame, truly.

    Eat the rich

  18. Networking on the highest level,smh…

  19. That building on Park Avenue South I believe Jeff Bezos currently owns it

  20. me: mom i want LV bag
    mom: so get it by yourself
    me: which organ should i donate?

  21. Fake hairess? More like one of many thousands of "influencers"

  22. Modern day equivalent of Frank Abagnale "Catch me if you can"

  23. Clever girl but not genious!!!

  24. 69k likes
    Me: nice

  25. Dude looks like gta V online setup character

  26. Frank William Abigale wannabe

  27. How could she play cool to cheat everyone?

  28. This broke ass girl had the guts to walk into a bank & ask for a $22 million loan lmfao. I need her confidence

  29. These places just feel stupid because they took her word! Lol. They essentially took IOUs….

  30. I love the animation. How did you do it?

  31. she sounds like an #epstein GIMP.

  32. Literally, fake it till you make it!

  33. She’s unattractive

  34. If she was of colour she wont even be allowed to step in those hotels without upfront money.

  35. This just doesn’t add up on so many levels

  36. Netflix stop, don't give any coverage to this moronic scammer, you take near any shock gossip story at this point.

    I see ignorance and that just takes the cake.

  37. She has some next level charisma.

  38. Seems like a smart woman. Good hustle.

  39. If she is a socialite how come I have never heard of her? She couldn't even properly fake it.

  40. Read this b. 4. N think all the bank people are supposed 2 B SO SMART. THEY WILL CALL YOU WHEN YOU'RE Mortgage payment is past due 3 days. ( just 4 GOT IT happens n you get paid in 2 days n. Need it 2 pay the Mortgage

  41. I think Karen Gillan would be perfect for the role

  42. You know what they say " fake it till you make it"

  43. She's hot 🔥🔥🔥

  44. andrew cunanan of 00s

  45. the first thing i thought of was poppy from gossip girl

  46. I hope they'll get Debby Ryan to play her in a movie or Netflix series. I mean, she's gonna be soooo perfect!

  47. How is what she did any different than what Neil bush did? Nothing except she didn’t have a daddy who could pin it on someone else and then have the public taxpayers bail her ass out. Moral of the story always have a fall guy lined up.

  48. Socialite is made up term.  Rich person without talent?  But still wants to be known?  At least famous actress has talent.  What does socialite have?  Money? I have money.   So what?  A lot of money? OK my family has a lot of money.  So what?  Am I a socialite?  Do I have to hang out with other rich powerful people? OK I have many friends who are rich and powerful.  So what? I also have many poor friends too.  Sounds more like a bunch of snobs who want to be special.  So if she wants to mess with these ahm socialites, I don't really care.  I been asked to join various elite clubs and I declined.  I like my freedom and independence.  LOL.  Plus I am not so insecure as to have a need to belong to and hang out with … etc.

  49. Wow They really just didn't want to pay Rachel bogus ass system

  50. They give out $22 million dollar loans to nobodies?  LOL.  No wonder US financial system is in the toilet.

  51. sponsora help! Personal development. WebMoney R202050293980

  52. Xoxo, Sounds like Gossip Girl

  53. I never heard of her

  54. Everyone’s saying this reminds them of gossip girl, but actually this reminds me more of revenge

  55. Thanks for the sources and articles,.. wait what? 🙄

  56. Wait I'm stupid.. But how did she gets all the people to believe her?? I don't really understand their explanation..

  57. she's my hero, my life goal is to scam rich people into giving me money :))

  58. Im so curious how that fuck she got the idead to do this

  59. She’s Trump’s long lost daughter.

  60. So this is like bens sister from gossip girl lol

  61. There's also a male version of her, a gay Filipino socialite wannabe buying luxury items and designer bags and shoes on fake credit cards. I forgot his name, tho I think he was at America's Next Top Model (or was it the Asian version not sure)

  62. I've watched it youtube, stop recommending me with this bulllshit

  63. Would it kill you to put a window in the corner of the screen showing beauty pageant contestants dancing in edible lingerie and high heels.

  64. Theres a very fine line between brilliantly smart and insanely delusional

  65. Before you waste time too, here is how she did it: 7:03

  66. You explain like shit

  67. I have to pay for everything up front before staying at a hotel.

  68. What’s a mickidies, it’s from 3:42

  69. Not even mad. She's a scum, but stupid people who worship socialites had it coming.

  70. The Animator is my Man !

  71. Russia. Don't surprise me lol

  72. Democrats should hire her to steal the next presidency elections, may be then they have a chance….just saying.

  73. Every sheep thinks shes a thief. I say, Pure fuckin genius.

  74. If people weren't so stupid she wouldn't have gotten anywhere. It's amazing how many people just let her get by with not having any money.

  75. 2:32 amazed reaction. Hey man, you're being scammed. 🤣

  76. Wait so does that mean Rachel didn't get her money back?

  77. Feels like she earned it and put in a big effort to achieve her goals, unlike the other rich socialites she “betrayed” who were born with a silver spoon 🥄.

  78. Your jealous she turned you down pervert

  79. I don’t understand how she can stay at these places without putting a card down or get into these events without anyone knowing who she is

  80. In TriBeCa average family income is 950k a YEAR . This girl scammed ppl w 250k in total . Yet this story’s a bog deal . Why ?

  81. It sounds like stuff that a person would be able to pull off in 1919 not 2019.

  82. The balls on that girl

  83. People keep asking how'd she get away with it? Well She is a semi attractive WHITE woman for starters!

    People Blindly trust white people (ESPECIALLY other minorities or even like middle eastern type Caucasian people whom often time hold semi high positions in several high level institutions in NYC)

    THATS why THE COLLEGE scam has been so successful for all these Decades (centuries?)& many similar white collar crimes are being commited in America right as we SPEAK….but The media & biased statistical govt reporting agencies (whom many members are often times also participants in these white collar crimes themselves)
    Will never post the TRUE data nor stats about how often these Crimes take place.

    The white race is 'on code' with each other from high level in diff forms of govt & establishment to the lower levels………This female scum bag only got caught because some one among the inside of her ring who holds some sort of power in one of the banking institutions she was assited in scamming, became pissed off at her for 'whatever reason' (inside job) & they leaked the info!! OTHER wise she'd still be 'fake rich' today😑

    But no one is truly Ever 'fake rich' because there are paper trails on EVERYTHING, taxes, codes, legislations, point systems…….

    Then theres White supremacy & privledge. People blindly trust white people & ESPECIALLY semi attractive White women.

    Her skin color was her 'credit' in the eyes of these loan agencies, that's why even after being caught shes still getting a slap on the risk as well as now even more Fame for commiting these crimes, SO If not WHITE PRIVLEDGE & WHITE SUPREMACY the case for her being able to Finesse this whole thing someone Please EXPLAIN TO ME WITH EVIDENCE PROVIDING DETAIL HOW SHE GOT AWAY WITH THIS SCAM FOR SO LONG?!?!?!?

    PROVIDE TO ME HOW many times a Black woman with even a
    750 ➕ credit score & no criminal history were able to do something similar? I need hard core proof details & links to your sources

    Some ONE PROOVE me wrong/specifically someone of the Caucasian race with 'superior' IQ
    I need you grace me with your 'supreme' intelligence' providing factual data & source of your argument against mind proving to me (an 'inferior' minority with 'low iq)' why this is not a case of White PRIVLEDGE & white supremacy

    😏👏

  84. If she had just focused on making the money she needed to buy the property, she would’ve pulled it ALL OFF, and been able to pay everyone and everything back.

  85. You’re cute af lol but anyway nice video

  86. so she ripped off banks.. who rip people off.. hmmm

  87. This girl tapped ALL the way into her white privilege

  88. This is good; she played the elitists and thats no crime. The innocent low waged employees that got fired over it is how the elitists push the blame on others. The real crime is when the elites fired their employees.

  89. only 4-12years? but punch a police officer and he gets a nosebleed and you get life? aight then.

  90. Debbie from shameless should playbhee

  91. I died at Macaulay Culkin.

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