False heiress Anna Sorokin who scammed New York’s elite speaks out after being released from prison
Sorokin, who renamed herself “Anna Delvey”, is accused of posing as a German heiress, claiming to have a bank account of more than $ 60 million abroad. She lived an upscale life among New York’s elite, with private flights, boutique hotels, and designer items.
Prosecutors said it was all an act, accusing him of cheating on friends, banks and businesses for more than a quarter of a million dollars.
In 2019, Sorokin was convicted of theft of services, robbery and attempted robbery. She spent almost four years behind bars and was ordered to pay back most of the money.
Now, just three weeks after being released from prison, Sorokin is telling his side of the story exclusively to ABC News.
As prosecutors insisted she forged financial documents in an attempt to secure millions in loans for a private club she wanted to open, Sorokin said it was a misguided attempt get investors to fund her plan, which she said would have been a successful business.
“The idea would be for this business to work, and I would pay everything back… Even the richest people still take loans. I was just trying to get a cheap loan,” she said.
Now 30, Sorokin said she paid for her mistakes. His time behind bars, including 19 months in the infamous Riker’s Island prison in New York, part of which in solitary confinement.
“In a way, it was therapeutic,” she said with a laugh. “For example, I used the time to read a lot and to write.”
Now on parole, Sorokin documents his freedom on social media. Her new life is being funded in part by a deal with Netflix that she signed while behind bars, valued at just over $ 300,000.
“I’m just trying to cope with the consequences of my actions. I was young. I wouldn’t repeat my actions… I’m just trying to make the most of my situation,” she said.
In addition to this televised deal, she also has a possible book in the works and other business plans. But she said after her time in prison, she also wanted to work on criminal justice reform.
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