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Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin says she got ‘exactly what she wanted’ after release from jail

Gregory Robinson

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Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin says she got ‘exactly what she wanted’ after release from jail

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Fake heiress and con-artist Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin has said she got ‘exactly what she wanted’ after being released from jail and returning to the Big Apple.

In her first interview since being released, she shared how ‘happy’ she is with her newfound freedom and reflected on the fact ‘nothing was guaranteed’.

Sorokin, who was known to her friends as Anna Delvey, was initially serving a four-to-12-year sentence after a trial in 2019.

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She was charged with attempted grand larceny, larceny in the second degree and theft of services in 2019.

The infamous socialite scammed Manhattan’s elite, defrauding hotels, restaurants, a private jet operator and banks for more than $200,000 (£145,000).

Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin on trial in 2019. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo
Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin on trial in 2019. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

She was released in February 2021 for good behaviour, only to be arrested again for overstaying her visa after Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took her into custody.

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After inspiring a sensational Shonda Rhimes Netflix drama, Inventing Anna, Sorokin’s fortunes began to change when she was granted a $10,000 bond and released from jail on Friday (7 October).

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Don’t expect to see Sorokin jump back into her jet-setting way of life on Instagram or TikTok any time soon – upon release she is subject to house arrest and is banned from using social media.

Despite the ban, she is ‘really happy’ to be out of jail. “They denied bail before,” she told the New York Times. “It was an exercise in perseverance.

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“So many immigration lawyers told me I’d get deported to Mars before I’d get out in New York.”

Sorokin managed to pose as a German heiress in possession of a $60 million trust fund, convincing various banks and other financial institutions that she was a multi-millionaire.

Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin has been released from jail. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin has been released from jail. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

She was actually born in the then-Soviet Union in January 1991, before moving to Germany with her family in 2007 and after graduating from school in June 2011, she relocated to London, Paris, and eventually the Big Apple in 2013.

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On being able to stay in New York, she told the newspaper: "I'm really, really happy about that. That's exactly what I wanted. I'm just hoping to get more freedom eventually."

The convicted fraudster has settled into a one-bedroom apartment in New York’s East Village.

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the East Village – known for being the birthplace of punk music and a haven for artists - is currently $3,838 (£3,458.52).

When asked if the money to lease her apartment and the $10,000 bond came from her, she confirmed: “Yes.”

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Topics: News, US News, New York, True crime

Gregory Robinson
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