September 26, 2022

RISKY BUSINESS: How a fake heiress infiltrated Mar-a-Lago

RISKY BUSINESS: How a fake heiress infiltrated Mar-a-Lago

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A young woman who assumes a false identity as a European heiress and subsequently scams her way into high society seems to be a familiar story if you’ve read about Anna Sorokin — a/k/a Anna Delvey — or watched the Netflix series Inventing Anna. While the felonious escapades of the Russian-born Sorokin may be entertaining to ponder, another fraudster, Inna Yashchyshyn — also born in a country that was formerly part of the Soviet Union — now looks like she may have posed a major threat to America’s national security.

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The fake heiress photographed with ex-President Donald Trump and Senator Lindsey Graham at Mar-a-Lago in May 2021 is now the subject of multiple international investigations. Anna de Rothschild, using the pseudonym that Inna Yashchyshyn adopted, had free reign at the Palm Beach resort where boxes of top secret and classified U.S. government documents were kept.

Tied to a fraudulent charity, Yashchyshyn had Canadian and U.S. passports in the Rothschild name.

The Ukrainian-born grifter, the daughter of a truck driver, is associated with the Miami charity, United Hearts of Mercy. While her father was director of United Hearts of Mercy, the charity was kicked off of the payment processing platform Stripe for the use of stolen credit card numbers.

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Yashchyshyn has denied any wrongdoing and claims that the identification documents are “fake” — created by her former business partner Valeriy Tarasenko. Yashchyshyn told the Post-Gazette in an interview, “I think there is some misunderstanding.”

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“That’s all fake, and nothing happened,” she said.

According to sources familiar with the fake Rothschild, she traded on the banking family’s name to gain access to Florida’s elite – including being flown on private jets by property developer Paul Barton.

Investment banker John LeFevre said:

“It wasn’t just dropping the family name. She talked about vineyards and family estates and growing up in Monaco.”

Barton introduced Yashchyshyn to real estate brokers and offered her a chance to sell real estate in a $55 million development – it never happened.

“We always thought her grandfather had the money and that he was an oligarch,” Barton said.

It was on May 1, 2021, that Elchanan “Elki” Adamker, founder of a New York financial services company, invited the imposter heiress to Mar-a-Lago. The photo with Trump and Sen. Graham happened at a fundraiser held the next day at Trump International Golf Club where a guest joked about charging the false heiress for the photo-op in a video obtained by the Post-Gazette and OCCRP, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

“Anna, you’re a Rothschild – you can afford $1 million for picture with you and Trump,” the guest quipped.

Except she’s not a Rothschild.

Along with the fake Canadian and American passports, multiple records have been turned over to the FBI as a part of their investigation into Yashchyshyn’s affiliated charity – including a Florida driver’s license with the Rothschild name listing an address to a $13 million Miami Beach mansion she’s never lived in.  Though she has repeatedly denied using the famous moniker or knowing an “Anna de Rothschild,” LeFevre contradicts her claims. He, along with three other Mar-a-Lago guests confirmed to the Post-Gazette that she did indeed use the false identity.

Ms. Yashchyshyn repeatedly told people after entering the palatial Mar-a-Lago grounds that she was a Rothschild, “and everyone was eating it up,” LeFevre said.

United Hearts of Mercy was founded in 2015 by Tarasenko in Canada and reportedly defrauding families impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. As president of the charity, Yashchyshyn attended multiple functions at ex-President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. According to her ex-business partner:

She used “her fake identity as Anna de Rothschild to gain access to and build relationships with U.S. politician[s], including but not limited to Donald Trump, Lindsey Grahah, and [former Missouri Gov.] Eric Greitens.”

The Russian-born Ukrainian has accused Tarasenko of abuse and using her for his gain. The Russian oligarch in turn has accused Yashchyshyn of using older men for money.

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It’s unknown when the false heiress came to the United States, but the prospect of a known scammer wandering around the same Mar-a-Lago hallways where the more famous scammer brought top secret classified U.S. national security documents simply proves how reckless Donald Trump has been with our nation’s most closely guarded secrets.

The story of Yashchyshyn’s infiltration into Mar-a-Lago joins the tale of Yujing Zhang, a 33-year-old Shanghai business consultant who was convicted of trespassing at Donald Trump’s Palm Beach resort while carrying a bag full of electronics, including a thumb drive that “contained malicious software.”

Trump’s loosely-guarded resort seems to be a hotbed of espionage, and Donald Trump’s theft of classified documents that he kept there is proving to be a major breach of national security.

Original reporting by Michael Sallah and Jonathan D. Silver of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

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Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.

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