Attorney: Fake German heiress had 'ambitious' business plans

Attorney: Fake German heiress had 'ambitious' business plans
Attorney Todd Spodek and Anna Sorokin sit at the defense table during her trial at New York State Supreme Court, in New York, Monday, April 22, 2019. Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, is on trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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.