Attorney: fake German heiress was merely "buying time", intended to pay back the friends and banks she swindled

one year ago

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Todd Spodek, defense lawyer for the false German heiress Anna Sorokin said Tuesday before a jury in Manhattan in her closing plea that Anna Sorokin had ambitious business plans for the creation of a private arts club and had never intended to commit a crime. She added that Sorokin was simply "buying time" and intended to pay back the friends and banks she is accused of having cheated.

Prosecutors say Sorokin has stained accounts with individuals and businesses for $ 275,000 over a 10-month period. They say she peddled false bank statements by seeking a loan of $ 22 million to fund a private arts club.

She may have had an unethical lifestyle and orthodox methods.

Deliberations are expected later on Tuesday.