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One woman faked her way to the top of Manhattan´s social elite — for a while

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Posted By: konocti95, 4/26/2019 5:39:15 PM

NEW YORK — If New York is a city of dreams, Anna Sorokin had plenty of them. Sorokin, a Russian immigrant from a middle-class family, longed to be a member of the upper echelon of Manhattan society. She elbowed her way into the city’s bustling social scene and tried to raise money to open a members-only arts club on Park Avenue South. To friends and those wanting to do business with her, there was no reason to believe she was not who she said she was — a wealthy German heiress with a taste for the high life.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: konocti95 4/26/2019 5:45:56 PM (No. 69546)
First case of OCD - Ocasio Cortes Delusion: a recently discovered syndrome where the victim displays hypnotic power over others making them do really stupid things like handing over money for no reason.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: harleynyc 4/26/2019 5:59:11 PM (No. 69550)
There´s many more like her. Wall street has many.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: voxpopuli 4/26/2019 6:22:49 PM (No. 69545)
is this supposed to be a script from a 1936 comedy?
maybe starring Greta Garbo and Clark Gable..
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HHFi2 4/26/2019 6:29:14 PM (No. 69540)
Nothing new here. Back in the 1920s, there was a woman who passed as a popular, old money Manhattan high society hostess who was actually a widowed New Jersey housewife who inherited money. She was allegedly the inspiration for Cole Porter´s song, "The Oyster."
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 4/26/2019 6:40:45 PM (No. 69549)
“Faked” is an awesome word!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog 4/26/2019 6:49:02 PM (No. 69541)
Sounds familiar. Did she also vacation in Hawaii and Martha´s Vineyard weeks at a time at others´ expense?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: earlybird 4/26/2019 7:29:41 PM (No. 69544)
Not the first time something like this has happened. Anyone faintly “exotic” with a good story and nice manners can often succeed at this - for a while, anyway.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lawsy0 4/26/2019 7:39:25 PM (No. 69547)
Another Manhattan Madam?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird 4/26/2019 7:41:53 PM (No. 69543)
Just read the whole thing. All that and she only swindled $275,000? Chump change, especially in NYC.

She was cute, she had an accent, she was very very bright, and she had plans to do things. Big things. Irresistible to some.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: JHHolliday 4/26/2019 8:26:38 PM (No. 69551)
There is a sucker born every minute....especially among the ‘elites’ in NYC.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 4/26/2019 10:29:59 PM (No. 69542)
Guess I am not reading the article or paying the NYT.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 4/27/2019 7:45:53 AM (No. 69548)
Doesn´t sound like it was hard - just pick up the check a few times, and you´re in.
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