Even on her way to prison, even after a jury convicted her of swindling almost everyone she knew and a judge accused her of running "a big scam," Anna Sorokin was sticking by her story.

For years, Sorokin pretended to be Anna Delvey, a German heiress with a trust fund that paid for a life of glamorous ease. She lived in boutique hotels, wore designer clothes and hung out in New York City's moneyed party circles.

In reality, Sorokin, 28, was a Russian immigrant who walked out on bills, connived her way into luxury, and persuaded a bank employee to

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From striver to grifter

Life behind bars