NEW YORK (AP) — A defense attorney says fake German heiress Anna Sorokin 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 Tuesday that Sorokin had ambitious business plans and never intended to commit a crime.

He said Sorokin led an unethical and unorthodox lifestyle but was “enabled every step of the way by a system that favors people with money.”

Prosecutors say Sorokin bilked people and businesses out of 75,000 over a 10-month period.

They say she peddled bogus bank statements in applying for a 2 million loan to fund a private arts club.

Deliberations are expected later Tuesday.