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.

100 Comments on "The Fake Socialite Who Scammed New York’s Elite – The Vault"


  1. Some of the establishments you mentioned do exactly the same thing on the average working joe and jane.
    With only one minor exception, they call it business, when perpetrated on them, fraud.
    Will give this lady a pass..

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  2. I'm not sure where I've been, but I've only heard about this crime today on Twitter. Shonda Rhimes is directing a movie on Netflix about her. This story is incredibly interesting.

    Side note: I LOVE your content. The animations are cool.

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  3. If only she had bought that property and turned it into something profitable, then she might not only act like a wealthy socialite, she would become one

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  4. Narcissistic personality disorder and a total lack of self control. She smelled money, but did the classic mistake of heating the pan, before catching the fish. I've seen "I'm rich now, screw you all" attitude before and it's always ugly.

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  5. Ahh the 'trials & triumphalism' of a white woman in America.

    Yea g'ahead & @me as if you weren't thinking it

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  6. she was able to exploit a glitch in which the npc’s would be so suspicious of her that the value would return as nil

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  7. Please don't feed her ego by making a movie about her. It's not even artistic (what she did) nor inspiring at all.

    Remember, for someone like her, bad publicity is still a good one. 🙄

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  8. I think it’s bullshit that they found her not guilty on Rachel’s account. That’s really fucked up!

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  9. Thought it said "The Fake Socialist Who scammed New York" I was triggered and was about to release a tantrum

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  10. I sort-of admire her for this. So much success is based on phoniness and blag. She played them at their own game and almost won..

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  11. Sorry but I am fascinated by her story and yes she got too many normal ppl fired sadly but wow, she is kind of amazing….!

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  12. I somehow feel like there is more to the story and there were some other people behind this.Also why will she be deported to Germany? Is she a german citizen?

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  13. Sometimes, even bright people blow it. Ana could have just said, "I have the goods on Donald Trump and can get him impeached, but I need $50M. Get me the cash and the proof is yours.". People (et al) would have been falling all over themselves to throw money at her.

    Rachel Maddow you will be vindicated, and the ratings will return!

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  14. Dang, and they tried to kill me over 1200 a month when I was still permitted to work and went to a bar after job hunting. I became super expensive after that. I'm the princess of the VA. I'm tired of these privileged people judging the rest of us with weapons. We're "getting in on their good." I told that bitch not to make me feel guilty with salad because if you are that broke, enjoy noodles. I had a tantrum about eating noodles at one point. It was a meltdown over them. I swear, dropping time, Putin is going to have a bowl of ramen noodles with me like he did his "friend" in that book. No, I don't know Putin, but ask these brats how I had to be punished for my crush.

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  15. 3:37 Dudes so privelegde he didn't know McDonalds gives free refills, which is an even better deal since all sizes of soft drinks are now just a buck. Stop in to your local McDonalds and get quenched. #NotAnAd

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  16. How does ANYONE get a continuance on a court case because they don't like their outfit?!? Especially when that person isn't even an American citizen?

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  17. 775 thats you 577 is also you! sorry about that dont mean to rub salt on wound but since you like jews so much i might as well add more salt after all jews are very salty

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  18. I've no sympathy for the sympathetic. It seems people have lost their sense of awareness since the new century arrived.
    You couldn't get away with this shit before the 90s without your relatives used for collateral.

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  19. Thing is, she could have made herself a pretty good living… If she just invested all the money she got from the bank in real estate and bet on more than one horse … Like, imagine how much real estate you'd be able to build/buy with those 21,9 Million Dollars and make money off of it … Also successful businesses etc. would've been a nice investment, too … I mean … She practically had the world open to herself …

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  20. There was a similar incident in Chicago in the 1930s or 1940s this girl said she was the illegitimate child of some millionaire

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  21. Well, she could have also opted out and said she wants to serve that year in germany, making that punishment even better.

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  22. This is horribly written, facts just in coherently and randomly scattered all over the place. "we'll get back to that". Also, what plea deal?

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  23. THESE are the people that should be deported. Not innocent families with small children escaping war, famine, destroyed economies, poverty, and murderous drug lords. It’s not fair and it’s inhumane. This woman has scammed and taken advantage of innocent people who trusted her, and banking institutions, has been dishonest and greedy and deserves to be removed. Nobody deserves to be forced back into poverty when they are not a threat to anyone or themselves or this country. I’m all for criminals and horrible folk like her to be deported. Getting citizenship takes a very long time and is very expensive so I see why some people will forgo it and come for the sake of safety because even as an illegal immigrant you pay takes and work and you should be able to at least work and have a way to have it maybe come out of your check toward your citizenship automatically and be confined to a merit system where you’re monitored for crime and illegal activity or something else that makes it easier to afford. I just think it’s a little unfair that it comes to money because most poorer immigrants don’t really have it which is why they’re coming here in the first place.

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  24. To be honest if an Asian girl tried to do the same thing with Anna, it would never be possible to go that far.

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  25. I actually give this girl praise. I meen well done. She lived the high life for a bit. Should of been CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 2

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  26. In a world where grocery stores a restaurants throw away food I have no complaints in someone hustling the system to grab some of the excesses and waste in the system.

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  27. I'm amazed at how gold diggers can make money magically appear. Or does this consumerist society love predatory debt? 🤔 Both 😂

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  28. Cant blame her. Would do the same think, if I had an opportunity. The only thing I´d change is that I would hide some money offshore, in case I get busted. Banks have enough money to share some. I´d try to maybe get a hand on 2-million, then I´d be gone.

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  29. that's what all of them get by not checking things lol. I've never been to a hotel where they would let me stay without checking my credit card first that's dumb

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  30. https://narcsite.com/ She is clearly a narcissist. A deluded piece of nasty matter less than amoeba. Not to insult single celled entities eking out a living at the bottom of the ocean.

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