The grifters of the New York socialite and media worlds are at it again. Earlier this week, Jessica Pressler’s story for The Cut about Anna Delvey, the scam artist who stole $275,000 to fund her lavish lifestyle, proved to be a very juicy read (and the perfect next film for Sophia Coppola to make). Now, former Vogue employee Yvonne Bannigan has been arrested and charged for allegedly stealing $53,564 from Grace Coddington.
The Post reported that the 25-year-old former Vogue employee was first arrested in April and now faces felony charges of second- and third-degree grand larceny. While she was at the magazine, she was an assistant to Coddington, the magazine’s creative director-at-large. Bannigan’s offenses allegedly include charging purchases to Coddington’s credit card and selling Coddington’s property on online consignment shop TheRealReal. According to court documents, she pocketed $9,000 in commission from the sales.
Bannigan’s LinkedIn page says that before she worked for Coddington, she interned at ELLE magazine. In 2016, she appeared in a Teen Vogue spread next to the creative director. Bannigan’s attorney Michael Cornacchia told the Post that his client “didn’t do anything wrong.”
“We believe there’s been a misunderstanding which we hope will be sorted out,” Cornacchia said. “She has prior no record, and she’s a naturalized US citizen.”