, 2022-11-27 02:39:00
A Texas man who funded his lavish lifestyle of fancy cars, gourmet meals and yacht rides by scamming $1.5 million from unsuspecting victims claims he has socialite scammer Anna Delvey and famed ex-forger Frank Abagnale Jr. beat.
“My story might be more wild than theirs. I can almost guarantee it!” J. Nicholas Bryant told The Daily Beast.
Bryant, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges, sometimes pretended to be an oil tycoon to scam more than 50 people in 2020 and 2021. He was responding from a jail cell to comments made by Northern Texas US Attorney Chad E. Meachum, comparing him to both notorious swindlers.
“Without the interference of our law enforcement partners, this defendant would be well on his way to becoming Lubbock’s Anna Delvey or Frank Abagnale,” said Meacham in a statement following Bryant’s Nov. 9 plea.
Bryant told The Daily Beast that while he thought it was “crazy they are comparing me to both” Sorokin and Abagnale — he believes he’s a better con artist than them.
Sorokin, whose exploits as a fake German heiress named Anna Delvey spawned the Netflix show “Inventing Anna,” ripped the comparison, saying “it’s bad faith and poor judgment for a prosecutor to use my name to try and make their own cases.”
“It shows that justice isn’t always judicial,” she added.
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