Anna Sorokin posed as a wealthy German heiress named Anna Delvey while living in N.Y.C.
Inventing Anna is a true-crime nine-episode series that recently hit Netflix and stars Julia Garner as Anna Sorokin—who was also known as Anna Delvey. Anna was a fraudster who posed as a wealthy German heiress while living in New York City. The 31-year-old convicted con artist scammed many people, hotels, and banks, often using invalid credit cards or fake bank statements. According to PEOPLE, the faux socialite was found guilty of eight charges, including attempted grand larceny in the first degree, grand larceny in the second degree, grand larceny in the third degree, and theft of services on April 25, 2019.
Anna spent two years on Rikers Island and was later released from prison in February 2021. She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison before she was released in February. She was also fined $24,000, and ordered to pay restitution of about $199,000. After her release, she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa. Cosmopolitan caught up with the scammer while she still resides behind bars as she awaits deportation to Germany.
It seems Anna enjoyed the show and laughed her way through the episodes but she did notice one thing. "I don't think I ordered people around as much," Anna told Cosmopolitan. "I personally moved on a very long time ago and I'm absolutely not in the same place, but I'm also being affected by the way the world sees me and by what people think of me. I exist in relation to everybody else and to the world, I don't just exist on my own. I did move on in some aspects," Anna added. "But in some others, I'm still in the same place."
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Earlier this month, she sued ICE, accusing jailers of wrongfully denying COVID vaccines to inmates. A lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, noted that Anna said she caught COVID-19 because Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused her multiple requests for a booster shot, according to NBC News. "Ms. Sorokin has made multiple requests for a booster shot," according to the lawsuit. "She never received a response." ACLU attorneys claimed that Anna, who is at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York, "has several medical conditions that make her vulnerable to serious illness or death," including "chronic kidney infection as well as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder."
Anna Sorokin, the subject of Netflix's "Inventing Anna," joins a class-action lawsuit accusing jailers of wrongfully denying Covid vaccines to inmates, saying she caught Covid as a result of ICE refusing her multiple requests for a booster shot. https://t.co/FG5R6S7C5x— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 4, 2022