Anna Sorokin, who lived in New York City while pretending to be a wealthy German heiress named Anna Delvey, has her incredible true story told in the Netflix documentary Inventing Anna.
When Inventing Anna, a true-crime series produced by Netflix, debuted on the streaming service on February 11, it immediately became a hit.
Fraudster Anna Sorokin, played by Julia Garner, lived in New York City for a time while pretending to be Anna Delvey, a wealthy German heiress.
During her time in New York, Sorokin not only conned numerous well-to-do socialites, but also a number of prestigious financial institutions and hotels.
There have been a number of media adaptations of the scandalous story since Anna Sorokin’s 2019 sentencing, including a book by her former friend Rachel Williams, titled My Friend Anna, and an unreleased series from HBO.
Still, the upcoming Netflix show is based on the New York article “How Anna (Sorokin) Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler.
Find out what really happened to Anna Delvey and where she is now.
Explain who Anna Delvey is
Anna Sorokin (also known as Anna Delvey) was born on January 23, 1991, in Domodedovo, a town west of Moscow, Russia. However, she spent the majority of her childhood in Germany.
Her parents, who reared her and her brother in a middle-class household, held down middle-class jobs (her dad drove a truck, and her mom ran a corner store).
Sorokin left Germany at the age of 19 to attend a fashion school in Paris, where she assumed the alias Anna Delvey.
She was working at Purple magazine in the summer of 2013 when she decided to stay in New York after attending Fashion Week on the publication’s behalf.
The Sorokins have cut off all communication with their daughter since her conviction, and her parents chose not even to attend her trial.
The woman’s father earlier revealed to DailyMailTV in April 2019 that he had disowned his daughter “I can’t control her or her decisions in any way.
What she has accomplished is because of her.”
For what offenses were Anna Delvey arrested?
Sorokin spent time in New York posing as a wealthy German heiress in order to mingle with the city’s elite.
She used faulty credit cards and bogus bank statements to create the illusion of prosperity and conned her way through numerous victims in the city throughout her tenure there.
To attract wealthy donors and expand her image, she even conceptualized the Anna Delvey Foundation, a private club, and art foundation.
Sorokin was evicted from a number of hotels due to her chronic lateness in paying her fees. Sorokin was caught in a sting operation in October 2017.
At the time, she was a patient at a Los Angeles County, California, rehab center.
According to estimates made during the trial, a total of about $275,000 was missing.
Including attempted first-degree grand larceny, second-degree and third-degree grand larceny, and theft of services, Sorokin was found guilty on eight charges on April 25, 2019.
In May of the same year, she was given a term of 4–12 years in state prison, a fine of $24,000, and restitution of almost $199,000.
Where is Anna Delvey now?
New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility initially incarcerated Sorokin before she was moved to Albion Correctional Facility.
When she was granted an early release from prison in February 2021, she went back on Instagram right away.
The following March, however, she was arrested by ICE for overstaying her visa. After nearly a year in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody, Sorokin is currently awaiting deportation to Germany.
A representative for ICE verified to PEOPLE on March 15, 2022, that Sorokin is still being held in a detention center in New York “waiting for removal,” despite previous claims that she had been freed from custody and transferred back to Germany.
Der Spiegel, a German news outlet, stated that Sorokin’s deportation attempt failed at the last minute because she refused to depart for the airport while her lawyers submitted a motion to suspend the ruling.
The news source also said that the United States government is making arrangements to have her deported at a later date, likely after March 19, when her deadline to file an appeal against removal expires.
According to a Bloomberg report from October 5, 2022, Sorokin won her case in court and was released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Orange County, New York.
Bloomberg reports that in addition to posting a bond of $10,000, she must also refrain from using social media, where she often flaunted her opulent lifestyle in front of friends, family, and possible investors.
The Daily Beast reports that during her immigration processes, Sorokin will be subject to “24-hour imprisonment at the supplied residence address.”