She Lived the Life Of A Millionaire, Until They Uncovered Her Scam
1. A Mysterious Woman
According to the people who knew her, she was always in the right place at the right time. She also knew all the right people. Those people were helping her reach an ambitious goal, but ultimately would lead to her downfall as well.
2. A Wealthy Heiress
Just from looking at Anna you could tell that she came from money. That was also reflected in the way she acted. She acted like she could do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. That was among one of the reasons why the hotel hadn’t even asked her for a credit card.
3. The High Life
Neff was intrigued from the moment Anna Delvey walked into the hotel. She was staying for a month, an unusually long time. It was something that only wealthy celebrities did. Each time she came down to the concierge desk, there was a $100 bill waiting for Neff.
4. A Soho Socialite
Anna would come down to the desk to ask for recommendations on places to eat or places to go, but it quickly became apparent that Anna already knew the best places to go. She even knew the owners, bartenders and waiters. So why was she getting so close to Neff?
5. A Friend
“You just sit there and listen, because that’s your concierge life,” Neff later recalled. The interactions weren’t foreign to her, but it was the first time that she stayed friends with a guest outside of work hours. Pretty soon they were going out to restaurants and clubs together.
6. $100 Bills
Anna Delvey knew that money spoke louder than words and she was never short of her $100 bills. She paid for everything in cash and exclusively $100 bills. No one knew where her money came from, nor did they ask.
7. Princess On Vacation?
With all the money Anna threw around it was obvious that she was very wealthy, and from her European accent, it was assumed that she was the daughter of a wealthy European family and going to inherit millions. Anna seemed like a princess who was just taking a vacation away from her castle.
8. Celeb Friends
Anna’s new gal-pal Neff was, of course, invited to attend the dinners. One night she even found herself seated next to Macaulay Culkin, an experience she called described as awkward. “I had so many questions. And he was right there. But they were talking about, like, friend stuff. So I never got the chance to be like, ‘So, you the godfather to Michael Jackson’s kids?’”
9. A Way With People
One man who met Anna at Paris Fashion Week described her as a sweet and polite girl who simply introduced herself and then all of a sudden she was just hanging out with his friends and making conversation. That was Anna’s main asset: she was a people person.
10. The Right Places
“There are so many trust-fund kids running around,” said a marketing director named Saleh who knew Anna. “Everyone is your best friend, and you don’t know a thing about anyone.” But as people would soon find out, Anna was one person you didn’t want to know.
11. Michael Xufu Huang
Anna asked Michael to put the flight and hotel on his credit card, something that he found “a little weird.” She, of course, promised to pay him back. Michael didn’t think much of it at the time, considering that it wasn’t a lot of money for him. But would she ever pay him back?
She seemingly forgot all about it. This, however, was nothing new to Michael. He was familiar with the super-rich. And when you’re super-rich, you can afford to be forgetful of seemingly minor details. After some time, Michael forgot too.
13. The Birthday Bash
The party was a success and everything seemingly went well, until afterward. Michael received a message a few days after the party asking for Anna Delvey’s contact information because “she didn’t pay her bill.” And that’s when Michael realized… Anna isn’t who she appeared to be.
14. Origin Theories
One friend stated that Anna Delvey’s father was a diplomat to Russia and that she had “family money.” Another friend was told that her father was an oil-industry titan. But just who was the real Anna Delvey and what was she up to?
The speculations didn’t bother Anna. In fact, it was the opposite. The more people wondered who and where she came from, the more intrigue there was surrounding her. And she wasn’t about to let anything get in the way of fulling her ultimate goal.
16. The ADF
Anna decided that she would take on the redevelopment of a location at 281 Park Avenue South. The only catch? She would need to take out millions of dollars in loans. So through her connections, she found someone willing to help her.
17. Empty Promises
Anna Delvey promised that she had the resources necessary to pay. She also promised not to embarrass the firm in any way — promises that she wouldn’t exactly be able to keep. She continued trying to purchase the location.
18. Martin Shkreli
“Anna did seem to be a popular ‘woman about town’ who knew everyone,” Shkreli wrote. “Even though I was nationally known, I felt like a computer geek next to her.” Anna also picked up a few tricks from Shkreli, tricks that she would later use for revenge.
19. Unraveling Begins
Then one night Anna asked Neff out to dinner and when it came time to pay the bill, it was clear that she was having cash issues. She even tried to pay with around 12 credit cards… all of them were declined. That’s when things started unraveling for Anna Delvey.
20. Payment Problems Abound
The hotel had been treating Anna Delvey as a valued guest, being that she was a German heiress and a client of the hotel’s owner (the owner owned the location she was attempting to purchase) so the hotel agreed to accept a wire transfer for payment. But after a month and a half, still no payment had been made.
21. Over Her Head
Anna promised that a wire transfer was on the way from the bank. But what she didn’t reveal to Neff was how much she was in over her head. Things were falling apart for Anna. But then a few days later something amazing happened.
22. No More Games
The hotel still hadn’t received a working credit card number for Anna’s room. With bills racking up daily, the hotel was done playing games. They demanded a valid credit card, and if none would be provided, they threatened to change the code on her room.
23. Rude Awakening
She told the hotel managers that she would purchase web domains in all of their names so that they would have to pay her one day to get them. But in the meantime, Anna was off on a vacation to Morocco with her personal trainer (who remained unnamed), and a videographer named Rachel Williams.
The manager at the hotel was threatening to call the police and have her arrested. So she pleaded with the personal trainer to let her use her credit card and pay her back. That card also didn’t go through. After another card didn’t go through, the hotel conceded that perhaps there was an issue on their end.
25. Kicked Out
Anna did her hotel scheme once more, but only got away with it for a few days before she was kicked out, like at the hotels before. Anna begged her personal trainer to let her spend the night at her place, making vague suicide threats. The trainer didn’t really want her there and had a date over at the time but felt it was an emergency situation.
26. A Friend Scammed
When the trainer found out that her friend had been forced to foot the bill, she was furious. That was the last straw. She realized that she knew nothing about who Anna Delvey really was and that they had been duped.
But Anna Delvey didn’t just come to get her computer; she came and she stayed in the lobby, insisting to see her trainer. Even though the trainer was home, she refused to let her up. That’s when things really started to get bad for Anna.
28. The First Arrest
She somehow gathered some funds and took a trip to California where she was arrested again, in Malibu. She was forced to return to New York “to face six counts of grand larceny and attempted grand larceny, in addition to theft of services.”
29. The Truth
And she was certainly no heiress. She came from a working-class family. When they were asked about a trust fund, they reportedly said that it was the first that they ever heard of such a fund. Meaning, it doesn’t exist.
“This place is not that bad at all actually,” Anna said in regards to being held at Rikers. “People seem to think it’s horrible, but I see it as like, this sociological experiment.” Even her lawyer said that Anna appears to be doing very well in prison. So how did she manage to swindle so many people?
31. How She Did It
She also floated bad checks between banks and took out lines of credit that she had no way of paying back. Perhaps her plan was to pay it all back after her business took off the ground. But that would be wishful thinking.
32. How’s Rikers?
33. “Wannabe Businesswoman”
34. Delvey Origin
35. Staying Under The Radar
36. Realizing She Wasn’t Legit
37. Her Victims Are Too Embarrassed To Come Forward