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Fake ‘heiress’ delays Manhattan trial after whining about outfit and jail conditions

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 3/30/2019 Shayna Jacobs
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All locked up in Rikers Island — and not a decent thing to wear.

A phony German “heiress” who lived as a Manhattan socialite by allegedly stealing from banks, credit card companies and her upper-crust friends threw a temper tantrum Friday because she didn’t want to wear jail clothes to court, her lawyer said.

Finally — at 11:30 a.m., two hours after the start of the regular session in Manhattan Supreme Court — Anna Sorokin appeared at the defense table, clad in black pants with a white button-down blouse, with the cuffs on both her blouse and pants rolled up.

Sorokin, 28, was also upset about the treatment she’s been getting on Rikers Island, her lawyer, Todd Spodek, said.

Sorokin’s issues held up the testimony of Ryan Salem, a City National Bank employee who — based on bogus financial information Sorokin allegedly provided — considered the young woman for a $22 million loan to open an event space on Park Ave. South.

Sorokin allegedly scored $275,000 from banks, credit card companies and other victims by playing the role of a wealthy socialite born into means.

Spodek, on cross-examination, grilled Salem about whether he was really ready to dispense that type of business loan on behalf of the then 25-year-old self-proclaimed trust-funder.

Sorokin is accused of reporting to the bank that she was worth as much as $60 million.

“Are you telling us you can be considered for a loan without confirming a dollar of her net worth?” Spodek asked Salem, whose job title is client relationship manager.

Salem — pushing back — said that although a formal application hadn’t been submitted, the bank took her seriously, based on the lies.

“Anybody can consider anybody for a loan,” Salem said.

Spodek pressed on whether any of Sorokin’s supposed wealth was ever verified.

He has argued that an attempted grand larceny charge based on Sorokin’s bid to get a loan is bogus because the bank was never close to giving her one.

Sorokin, who also goes by the name Anna Delvey, faces up to 15 years in prison on the top charge in the case. Other charges brought against her could add to that possible sentence.

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