She Suspiciously Only Ever Paid In Cash, Then People Found Out Why

Published on 03/31/2019
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Anna Delvey is a New York City socialite, known around the Big Apple for her expensive lifestyle, and for only ever paying in cash. This young woman seemed to have it all, until one day everything came crashing down. Anna’s life would never be the same, and neither would the live’s of the people around her.

She Suspiciously Only Ever Paid In Cash, Then People Found Out Why

The Mystery Woman

If you are familiar with the socialite scene in New York, there is no way you have not heard of Anna Delvey. Although she has a familiar name and face, people could not agree on where she came from. It seems like she simply popped up in Soho and strategically appeared everywhere people wanted to be…

The Mystery Woman

The Mystery Woman

Don’t Be Fooled

A quick glance will be all you need to figure out that this woman came from money. You could also tell from the way she behaved. Anna acted as if she could do whatever she wanted all the time. That was one of the many reasons many people were fooled by this cunning lady for such a long time.

Don’t Be Fooled

The Right Conditions

She did not have a permanent address. Anna Delvey simply moved from one hotel to the next, occasionally traveling outside the country for a visa run. When she moved into a new Soho boutique hotel located at 11 Howard Street, she earned quite a reputation.

The Right Conditions

The Right Conditions

She Played The Part

Moreover, she was acquainted with the right people. These were the reasons the hotel did not ask her for a credit card upon her arrival. These people were kind enough to lend a hand to her along the way, though they would lead to the eventual downfall as well.

She Played The Part

The Sweet Life

In a nutshell, Anna Delvey had been living the life we can only dream about. Dressed in high-end clothes, she would be handing out hundred-dollar tips without a care in the world. She was fast friends with the young woman working as the concierge at 11 Howard. Neffatari Davis, also known as Neff, felt intrigued the moment this mysterious young lady walked through the doors.

The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life

A Celebrity

Anna told the concierge she wanted to stay for a month, which was a long time for a guest. This was the sort of behavior they expected from celebrities and the like. Every time she went to the concierge, there was $100 bill awaiting Neff.

A Celebrity

Another Soho Socialite

There was no reason for Neff Davis to doubt that Anna Delvey was anything other than another Soho socialite. She wanted to be friends with this guest. At the time, she was a budding cinematographer and she knew Anna might be useful for networking. Little did she know…

Another Soho Socialite

Another Soho Socialite

She Knew It All

Anna usually dropped by the concierge desk to ask for restaurant and destination recommendations, though Neff quickly learned that this guest was already familiar with the best options. Anna even knew the bartenders, owners, and waiters already. Why was she trying to get close to Neff anyway?

She Knew It All

Looking For A Friend

Neff was quick to realize that Anna Delvey was not a guest in search of a recommendation. She was simply doing this to get close to Neff. The guest needed a friend from the hotel, which is what she got. The two became closer over time. “You just sit there and listen, because that’s your concierge life,” Neff recounted.

Looking For A Friend

Looking For A Friend

After Hours

She did not find the interactions all that strange, although it was the first time she remained in contact with a guest after hours. Soon enough, the two were heading out to clubs and restaurants together!

After Hours

Exclusively In Cash

It did not take long before Anna Delvey became known for her generous $100 tips at the 11 Howard hotel. “People would fight to take her packages upstairs,” Neff explained, “Fight, because you knew you were getting $100.” To be fair, we would too! Anna Delvey was aware of the fact that money could speak louder than words. It’s a good thing she always had $100 bills on hand. As a matter of fact, she always paid in cash and only ever with $100 bills. Although no one knew where she was getting her money from, no one bothered to ask.

Exclusively In Cash

Exclusively In Cash

A Vacationing Royal

“She gave to everyone,” Neff said. “Uber drivers, $100 cash. Meals — listen. You know how you reach for your credit card? She wouldn’t let me.” Anna Delvey also paid for a life coach/personal trainer for the steep price of $4,500. Although that sounds like a lot to most people, Anna did not seem to mind. Considering how much money she was throwing around, no one doubted that she was wealthy.

A Vacationing Royal

A Vacationing Royal

European Heiress

Thanks to her European accent, people assumed she came from a wealthy European family with millions to her name. It was not hard to imagine Anna as a princess taking a long vacation away from her family’s castle.

European Heiress

Star-Studded Dinner Parties

Aside from becoming friends with Neff Davis, she also took it upon her to organize and host large dinner parties at the expensive French restaurant called Le Coucou. These affairs were always attended by stars. The guest list included artists, athletes, CEOs, and other celebrities.

Star-Studded Dinner Parties

Star-Studded Dinner Parties

An Extraverted Person

Anna Delvey had the incredible power of persuasion, something not many people can claim to have. Not only did she know people, but she also knew how to befriend them. If you look at it from the outside, she looked like a regular girl. What separated her from the crowd was her way with people.

An Extraverted Person

An Extraverted Person

A Way With People

A man who met her during the Paris Fashion Week called her a polite and sweet girl who introduced herself. That was all it took before she began hanging out and making conversation with his friends. Clearly, Anna was a people person.

A Way With People

Right Clothes, Right Time

Another person who knew her said, “She managed to be in all the sort of right places.” Decked out in the fanciest clothes, she even showed up to a Berlin party held on a private jet. Still, no one had any idea where her money was coming from. “There are so many trust-fund kids running around,” Saleh, a marketing director, who knew Anna explained. “Everyone is your best friend, and you don’t know a thing about anyone.” However, it turned out that Anna was the kind of person you did not want to know. Why is that?

Right Clothes, Right Time

Right Clothes, Right Time

Something’s Unusual

“There are so many trust-fund kids running around,” recounted Saleh, a marketing director who got to know her. “Everyone is your best friend, and you don’t know a thing about anyone.” Unfortunately for the people who were involved in this situation, Anna Delvey was not who she convinced them she really was.

Something’s Unusual

Footing The Bill

Anna first met Michael Xufu Huang at an art show, and they became friends right away. He is a successful museum founder and art collector. They even went on a trip to Italy in order to attend the Venice Biennale. However, Anna set off alarm bells when she asked him to put the hotel and flight on his card, something he considered “a little weird”. She promised to pay him back for the expenses, of course. Nonetheless, Michael did not mind so much since it did not cost him an arm and leg. Do you think she paid him back?

Footing The Bill

Footing The Bill

A Bit Off

Despite this request that seemed a bit off to him, especially from the way she asked, he obliged since she promised she would pay him back. In addition, the expenses weren’t such a big deal to him. For him, money wasn’t so much of an issue. He later realized that Anna asking him to pay was a little strange, but not strange enough for him to think too much into it.

A Bit Off

Bye Venice

During their time in Italy, he found it strange that Anna only paid in cash. This was a little odd, but it was not a huge enough deal to him. The trip, of course, had to come to an end eventually. However, Anna seemed to have forgotten to pay him back as she promised. However, Michael was used to this kind of thing already. He knew that the super-rich had a tendency to forget minor details such as this one. Michael eventually forgot all about it as well.

Bye Venice

Bye Venice

She Didn’t Pay

Despite her promise, Anna never paid off the debt that she owed to him. Michael easily recognized that this behavior was usual for the rich New York community. For people who are so well-off, these things didn’t bother them so much and certainly didn’t stress them out. Soon enough, he was able to put it behind him, for the most part.

She Didn’t Pay

Best Birthday Ever Until…

For her birthday, Anna decided to pull out all the stops to throw the best party ever. She even hired the services of a PR firm to arrange everything. Of course, she made sure that loads of celebrities and successful people went. Among others, she sent an invitation to Michael. The party was a hit and the night ended on a high note… but things changed afterward.

Best Birthday Ever Until...

Best Birthday Ever Until…

What Was She Hiding?

Several days after the party, Michael received a message asking for Anna’s contact information. Apparently, “she didn’t pay her bill”. This was the moment that Michael realized his friend was hiding something.

What Was She Hiding?

Different People, Different Stories

What was going on? Who was Anna Delvey really? Where did her money come from? People started to dig deeper into the so-called socialite. The ones who knew her had different answers when asked about her wealth and family. Weird, right?

Different People, Different Stories

Different People, Different Stories

No One Could Agree

One of her friends said her father was a diplomat based in Russia, and that she boasted of “family money”. Meanwhile, a different friend knew that he was an oil industry baron. The stories did not match up, but everyone wanted to know: what was Anna Delvey up to?

No One Could Agree

More Theories

One friend, meanwhile, was told that the family had a big antiques business back in Germany. Despite all these glamorous backstories, none of them were actually true. Anna Delvey surprised everyone when the truth finally came out. Apparently, the speculations did not bother her. As a matter of fact, it only accomplished the opposite. As more people questioned her identity and origins, the more popular she became. It is clear to us that she was not about to let anything come in between her and her ultimate goal.

More Theories

More Theories

Her Future Goal

Apparently, her goal was to launch an exclusive art club named The Anna Delvey Foundation, also known as ADF. As a testament to how serious she was taking this, she even hired the London-based creative director Marc Kremers for help with the branding of the business venture.

Her Future Goal

Her Future Goal

A Dream

She scouted different spots for the club until she found the best location. She made the decision to base it at the redevelopment of 281 Park Avenue South. The catch was that she had to take out millions in loans. Using her connections, she was able to find someone willing to do it.

A Dream

Promises She Could Not Keep

Her financial partner, the one helping her get the location, made out an email how the loan was important because “her personal assets, which are quite substantial, are located outside the US, some of them in a trust with UBS outside the US.” Anna Delvey told everyone that she had the proper resources to pay the money back. Another thing she promised was that she would not embarrass the firm. In the end, these turned out to be promises she could not keep. Nonetheless, she kept trying to buy the location.

Promises She Could Not Keep

Promises She Could Not Keep

A Little Help From Her Friends

When her finances grew more conspicuous, she launched fundraising and invited even more wealthy guests to her dinners. Another guest she befriended was the infamous “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, who was heavily criticized for raising the price of an important medication from only $13 to a jaw-dropping $750. Later, he was convicted of securities and now serves prison time. “Anna did seem to be a popular ‘woman about town’ who knew everyone,” he wrote about this mysterious woman. “Even though I was nationally known, I felt like a computer geek next to her.” Anna picked up several tricks from the pharma exec, things that she would then use to extract revenge.

A Little Help From Her Friends

A Little Help From Her Friends

The Computer Geek

According to him, this was what he thought of the mysterious Anna Delvey: “Anna did seem to be a popular ‘woman about town’ who knew everyone. Even though I was nationally known, I felt like a computer geek next to her.” Anna strategically befriended him and even took a note or two about revenge out of his playbook.

The Computer Geek

The Beginning Of The End

No doubt about it, Anna took the opening of her foundation very seriously. “She was always on the phone with lawyers,” Neff said about the conversations she would hear at the boutique hotel, “They were always toning her down. Like, ‘Anna, you’re trying to make something that’s worth this much be worth that much, and that’s just not how it works.’”

The Beginning Of The End

The Beginning Of The End

It All Came Crashing Down

One night, Anna asked her to go out to dinner. When the bill arrived, it looked like she was having financial issues. She tried to use 12 credit cards, all of which had been declined. This was the moment everything started to unravel for her.

It All Came Crashing Down

Time To Pay The Bill

Anna Delvey was not only having cash flow problems, but there was something far more serious she was dealing with. She still had yet to pay for her room at 11 Howard. As a matter of fact, they did not even have her credit card information. Until then, they had been treating her as a valued guest. This was understandable since she claimed to be a German heiress and was trying to buy the location owned by the hotel’s owner. The hotel did not mind accepting a wire transfer for her payment, but nothing came in even a month and a half since she walked in.

Time To Pay The Bill

Time To Pay The Bill

VIP Guest

She was treated as a VIP guest throughout the entire duration of her stay, primarily because they thought she was a socialite trying to buy real estate property from the owner of the hotel. While they initially were comfortable with the wire transfer she promised them, they had not received a payment, even after a month and a half after she entered the room.

VIP Guest

Facing The Music

The hotel manager told Neff to handle the delicate issue of this guest’s bill since they were good friends. Overall, Anna had to pay about $30,000 to the hotel. Neff was still under the belief that Anna was doing fine financially, so she approached her about the matter. Anna emphasized that a wire transfer should come in anytime soon. However, she still did not tell Neff just how bad things were for her. Everything was starting to fall apart for Anna Delvey. However, something incredible happened a few days later.

Facing The Music

Facing The Music

She Kept Lying

Anna kept reassuring her that the wire transfer was about to go through. She stood firm on this and made sure to keep quiet about how unbearable her current situation was. Anna could really tell that everything was right on the verge of falling apart for her, but something surprising happened shortly after.

She Kept Lying

Enough With The Games

The hotel actually got a wire transfer of $30,000 on behalf of this guest! All of a sudden, it was all back to normal for Anna Delvey. Perhaps that was what she thought, at the very least. In reality, she was about to get a rude awakening.

Enough With The Games

Enough With The Games

Rude Awakening

The hotel still did not have a valid credit card number for her account. The bills kept growing with each day she stayed there, and the hotel decided it was time to stop playing games. The staff asked for a working credit card – if she did not comply, they said they would change the code to her room!

Rude Awakening

Failure To Do So

And indeed, they changed the code to her room when she failed to give them a credit card. Anna was furious because she could not believe they were treating her like a commoner. This was the moment she tested what Martin Shkreli taught her.

Failure To Do So

Failure To Do So

Under Fire

She made a very clear warning to the hotel managers that she was going to purchase web domains with their names, so they would simply be left with no choice but to buy them from her when they needed to use them. Somehow through this stress, she was still able to go on a trip to Morocco together with her personal trainer and Rachel Williams, who is a videographer.

Under Fire

Troubles in Morocco

There were many issues that surrounded the Morocco trip. Her personal trainer suffered food poisoning and had to return to the States earlier than planned. A couple of days after this, the trainer received a hysterical call from Anna Delvey. She said her credit card was not working, and the hotel management was threatening to ask the police for help. She was in danger of getting arrested, so she asked her personal trainer to borrow her credit card and pay the money back later. However, that card and another one failed to go through as well. This was when the hotel conceded that perhaps the problem was on their end.

Troubles in Morocco

Troubles in Morocco

The Police Got Involved

She tried to come up with a valid excuse for why her credit card was declined, but the hotel manager was threatening to get the local police involved. With Anna in danger of getting arrested, her personal trainer provided the hotel with her personal credit card information. The first card transaction failed, and then so did the second one. After this, the hotel gave up their efforts and admitted that there actually was a possibility that the problem was coming from their end.

The Police Got Involved

Kicked Out Again And Again

Upon her return to the United States, Anna moved into a new hotel. However, the same problem arose. She still could not provide a working credit card and pay off her $11,518 debt. As you might have guessed, they kicked her out AND confiscated her belongings. She was now living on the streets of NYC!

Kicked Out Again And Again

Kicked Out Again And Again

Homeless

The socialite was now homeless. She tried the hotel scheme yet again, but it only took several days before she was kicked out once more. She got in touch with her personal trainer and asked to spend the night there. The trainer did not really want to accommodate her, but Anna made suicide threats. Despite having a date over, the trainer thought it was an emergency and conceded.

Homeless

Incoming Threats

When she called her, the personal trainer expressed serious hesitation in letting her stay. However, her opinion quickly changed when Anna threatened that she was going to commit suicide. Although her trainer had a date that night that she was looking forward to, she told Anna she could indeed come to her house. Despite how much she was looking forward to her date, there wasn’t even a hesitation in her mind on whether or not she’d let Anna come over if she was in this state of mind right now.

Incoming Threats

Scamming A Friend

But how exactly did Anna Delvey pay for her expensive hotel during her Morocco trip? The bill was shouldered by Rachel Williams, apparently. After receiving arrest threats, she had to put an amount of $62,000 on her American Express card. She did not even make more than this in a year! After finding out that her friend had to foot the bill, the trainer was furious. This was the last straw. That was when she realized that she did not know who Anna Delvey was and that they were being duped.

Scamming A Friend

Scamming A Friend

Her Final Chance

Not a lot people make that much money in just one year, and Anna was no exception to this norm. When her personal trainer found what her secret was, it was the last chance she wanted to give to Anna. As soon as this happened, it clicked in her head that she truly had no idea who Anna really was. It was immediately clear as day that Anna Delvey was a sneaky con artist.

Her Final Chance

Not Welcome Here

The trainer told the so-called German heiress to get out of her house. However, Anna did not bring her laptop with her, maybe in the hopes of retrieving it and staying once more. The trainer was wise enough to see through her tactics. The computer was waiting at the front desk when Anna returned to collect it. She did not only come for her laptop, and she stayed in the lobby. She insisted to see the trainer, but she was not allowed to come up and visit. This was the moment it truly started to go bad for Anna Delvey.

Not Welcome Here

Not Welcome Here

Waiting In The Lobby

Her trainer knew that this wasn’t a healthy or safe situation and she needed to get out of it, which is why Anna’s laptop was waiting for her at the front desk as opposed to Anna going inside the apartment to get it. Despite her refusal, Anna would not leave without talking to her trainer. However, the trainer never gave her permission to enter the house. What was about to happen to Anna?

Waiting In The Lobby

An Intervention Of Sorts

Soon enough, there were no more hotels in the city to stay. After all, she could not come up with the money to support her stay. She once begged her lawyer if she could stay at his place. He did not agree as he did not want to bring her home to his wife. However, he did contact Anna’s personal trainer. To no one’s surprise, she refused to let Anna stay at her home. However, she did ask Anna out to a surprise intervention at a restaurant. The plan was to gather the people who lent Anna money!

An Intervention Of Sorts

An Intervention Of Sorts

Payback Time

The group intervention was rightfully harsh. Basically, Anna swindled a huge amount of money from her colleagues and friends. She even started crying at some point, claiming that she would come up with the money to pay off her debts when her lease got signed. That was when she received a heartbreaking piece of news: the location she wanted for the Anna Delvey Foundation had gone to someone else. She refused to believe this, and insisted that it was simply “fake news”. No one expected what happened next.

Payback Time

Payback Time

A Talented Con-Artist

By then, there were many articles going around that called Anna Delvey nothing more than a “wannabe socialite”. She did not appreciate these pieces and what they had to say about her, of course. In tears, she claimed that what they were saying were lies. However, Anna was a head-strong young woman who stuck to her original story that she came from money. According to her, she simply took a wrong turn along the way.

A Talented Con-Artist

A Talented Con-Artist

Not Convinced

Rachel still wasn’t convinced so she took matters into her own hands. She emailed the New York District Attorney’s Office and forwarded an article about her. She said, “I think this woman is a con-artist.” Soon enough, she received a call from the office and was told, “we think you’re right.”

Not Convinced

Different State, Same Girl

Not long after this, Anna was arrested for her hotel bills. “WANNABE SOCIALITE BUSTED FOR SKIPPING OUT ON PRICEY HOTEL BILLS,” a newspaper said when they got wind of the incredible story. Anna got herself a lawyer and was released on bail. After this, it seemed like everything was back to normal. She managed to get the funds for a California trip.

Different State, Same Girl

Different State, Same Girl

Headed Back To New York

Unfortunately for Anna, she once again got arrested in Malibu and had to go back to NY immediately. This was because she had court waiting for her, to “face six counts of grand larceny and attempted grand larceny, in addition to theft of services.”

Headed Back To New York

The Truth Comes Out

She was sent to Rikers Island jail with no option for bail this time around. She is now awaiting trial and could have 15 years in prison. Apparently, she was not a German heiress. She was actually Anna Sorokin, born in Russia back in 1991. In 2007, her family moved to Germany. She did not come from money as she actually had a working-class background! When asked about her trust fund, they claimed that they had never heard of it before. It does not take a genius to join two and two. Clearly, it did not exist in the first place.

The Truth Comes Out

The Truth Comes Out

An Offer And Counter-Offer

Even when she was caught, Anna still tried her hardest to sweet talk her way out of her crimes. Apparently, she offered a plea deal of one to three years of jail time. However, this offer was firmly rejected by the judge at the trial.

An Offer And Counter-Offer

An Offer And Counter-Offer

No Way

The judge offered a counter deal of between three to nine years imprisonment instead. Anna “Delvey” Sorokin turned it down and chose to go to trial instead. We have no idea how it will turn out!

No Way

No Remorse For Her Actions

Justice Diane Kiesel, the presiding judge, claimed that the young woman showed “no remorse” for her behavior. She has also said that she turned down the plea offer because it would have served as a mere “slap on the wrist”. This was bad news for Anna as the judges appeared to be out for blood. It certainly looked like they were willing to do everything to get justice served. They are looking into making her serve 15 years in prison for the crimes she committed.

No Remorse For Her Actions

No Remorse For Her Actions

A Netflix Adaptation

Anna is now awaiting trial, but there is a Netflix series about her life in the works. A judge in the case has even mentioned that Anna seems more concerned about the person who will portray her than in showing remorse for her crimes. “This place is not that bad at all actually,” she has said about her time at Rikers. “People seem to think it’s horrible, but I see it as like, this sociological experiment.” Her lawyer even said that the young woman seems to be doing fine in prison!

A Netflix Adaptation

It’s Not That Bad

When she tried to explain to people what the place she was being held in was really like, Anna said, “This place is not that bad at all actually. People seem to think it’s horrible, but I see it as like, this sociological experiment.” She kept going on to say that she often spends her free time people-watching inside. She continued by saying, “This one girl, she’s been stealing other people’s identities. I didn’t realize it was so easy.”

It’s Not That Bad

Just Like A Sociological Experiment

This was how her lawyer described her: “She is like a unicorn in there.” Apparently, she did not fail to make friends in prison and considers the murderers the most interesting inmates. She seems to find pleasure in observing the other inmates. “This one girl, she’s been stealing other people’s identities. I didn’t realize it was so easy,” she said with fascination. A lot of people are now concerned if the reason she enjoys her time there so much is the opportunity to learn more about criminal acts.

Just Like A Sociological Experiment

Just Like A Sociological Experiment

Her Dream Location

As you have probably guessed, her dream of launching the Anna Delvey Foundation fell through. In July, the space she wanted for her foundation was leased out to Fotografiska, a Swedish photography organization. We know how much she wanted the location at 281 Park Avenue South, so you can imagine how disappointed she was. She continues to talk about opening a foundation, which she wanted to be an “arts-focused members club.” Although she admits she went about it in the wrong way, she claims it “doesn’t diminish the hundred things” she “did right.” How was she able to swindle all of these people anyway?

Her Dream Location

Her Dream Location

How To Get Away With Fraud

Experts handling her case have arrived at the conclusion that she was able to con people, banks, and hotels out of a jaw-dropping $275,000. She used falsified documents to get loans from banks, apparently. The documents revealed that she got millions of dollars in European banks. She also floated bad checks and took out credits that she could not have possibly paid back. Maybe it is true that her plan was to pay everything back when her business finally took off. Sadly, there was no way this would happen now.

How To Get Away With Fraud

How To Get Away With Fraud

Brilliant But Doomed To Fail

In all fairness, the way that she accomplished this was quite brilliant. Anna Sorokin was able to live a celebrity’s lifestyle using check-kiting, loans, false documents, and swindling. However, it was practically inevitable for her to get caught in the act! Perhaps things might have ended well for her if she was able to launch the Anna Devley Foundation and earned profit before it all started to unravel right before her very eyes. Had this happened instead, she might have even become the socialite she so wanted to be.

Brilliant But Doomed To Fail

Brilliant But Doomed To Fail

She’ll Never Be A True Socialite

In all truthfulness, things would never have ended up so poorly for Anna if she was able to launch her foundation and make her own money before her entire world crumbled at her fingertips. If this could have happened, Anna likely could have ended up truly living out her dream as a New York socialite.

She’ll Never Be A True Socialite

Dropping Her A Line

Since she was sent to Rikers Island, there have been several photos uploaded to her Instagram account. It’s not likely that she is allowed to Instagram from prison, but the posts are all very fascinating nonetheless. Clearly, she is enjoying the attention and fame. She now encourages people to send her letters while she spends time behind bars. Go on if you wish, but we do not recommend paying her a visit. After all, we have no clue who is even posting all this stuff on her Instagram account…and we all know what Anna “Delvey” is capable of!

Dropping Her A Line

Dropping Her A Line

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