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Fake German heiress had ambitious business plans: attorney

Fake German heiress had  ambitious  business plans: attorney
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NEW YORK -- The defence attorney for fake German heiress Anna Sorokin said Tuesday that his client was merely "buying time" and intended to pay back the friends and banks she s accused of swindling.

Attorney Todd Spodek told a Manhattan jury in his closing argument that Sorokin had ambitious business plans to build a private arts club and never intended to commit a crime.

Prosecutors say Sorokin bilked people and businesses out of $275,000 over a 10-month period. They say she peddled bogus bank statements in applying for a $22 million loan to fund a private arts club.

But Spodek told jurors that Sorokin "was ambitious, she was persistent and she was determined to make her business a reality."

She may have led an unethical and unorthodox lifestyle, he added, but Sorokin was "enabled every step of the way by a system that favours people with money."
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