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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A former lawyer for scammer Anna Sorokin was disbarred for taking $600,000 from an elderly client

Anna SororkinAttorney Audrey A. Thomas, who formerly represented notorious scammer, Anna Sorokin (AKA Anna Delvey) was disbarred earlier this month. The state of New York found that Thomas was running a scam of her own.

Thomas began misappropriating funds in 2013 after being hired by Rhea Murray to help sell an apartment in Brooklyn. Thomas had access to the accounts that held the money from the sale. Bank records show that Thomas siphoned more than $630,000 in funds to different bank accounts, and claims that Murray had signed off on the use of the funds due to their relationship, which Murray denies. Murray claims she specifically asked Thomas to use the money to pay down mortgages on other properties she and her family owned. Thomas later promised to pay back the money but never followed through.

Ms. Sorokin provided statements in the form of an illustration of a mock book cover titled, “How to Get Disbarred in 10 Days.” Sorokin says that she is glad Thomas can no longer represent clients and cannot do damage to anyone else’s life. Sorokin fired Thomas earlier this year after being told Thomas would not work during April due to it being her “birthday month.”

Thomas responded to Ms. Sorokin’s statement via text, “Just remember I may not be admitted to practice law anymore but there's nothing to stop me from appearing pro se… Tell Anna I said he who laughs last laughs the best. I AM still Audrey A Thomas AKA Sandy!!!!!!!!”

For more information see Ashley Collman, Jacob Shamsian “A former lawyer for scammer Anna Sorokin was disbarred for taking $600,000 from an elderly client”, Yahoo! News, November 16, 2022.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.


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