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Con artist who passed herself off as wealthy heiress sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison

Anna Sorokin , the German con artist who passed herself off as a wealthy heiress to swindle banks, hotels and even close friends as she lived out a high-society, Instagram-ready fantasy in New York, was sentenced Thursday to four to 12 years in prison. The 28-year-old, who had played with her own tabloid image during the trial by wearing stylish dresses to court, looked despondent as the verdict was announced. She pressed her hand to her face and squeezed her eyes shut, appearing to hold back tears. Judge Diane Kiesel said Sorokin had been "blinded by the glitter and glamour of New York City" as she turned to fraud to finance a life she could never afford. Anna Sorokin, who a New York jury convicted of swindling more than $200,000 from banks and people, reacts during her sentencing in the Manhattan borough of New York May 9, 2019. But the judge turned down a request by Sorokin’s lawyers to sentence her to the time she has already spent in jail awaiting trial. "I am stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception," Kiesel said, adding that she hoped to send a message to Sorokin’s internet following "that her behavior […]

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