When Netflix’s true-crime series Inventing Anna premiered on February 11, it captivated viewers.
The limited series, starring Julia Garner, is based on the true story of a fraudster. While living in New York City, Anna Sorokin pretended to be wealthy German heiress Anna Delvey.
During her time in New York, Sorokin defrauded several prominent banks, hotels, and wealthy socialites.
Since Sorokin’s sentencing in 2019, several versions of the famous stories are made. The new Netflix show is based on Jessica Pressler’s New York Times article “How Anna (Sorokin) Delvey Fooled New York’s Party People.”
Learn more about Anna Delvey’s true story and where she is now.
Who exactly is Anna Delvey?
Anna Delvey, whose real name is Anna Sorokin, was born on January 23, 1991, in Domodedovo, Russia, but grew up primarily in Germany. Her father drove a truck, her mother once owned a small convenience store, and she and her brother are raised in a middle-class family.
Sorokin left Germany at 19 to pursue a fashion degree in Paris, where she eventually went by the name Anna Delvey. She attended Fashion Week in New York in the summer of 2013 on behalf of Purple magazine, where she worked at the time, and eventually decided to stay in the city.
Sorokin has not communicated with her parents since her conviction, and they did not attend her trial. Her father previously stated that he has disowned her, as reported by DailyMailTV in April 2019 “‘I have no control over her life or what she does.’ What she has done is entirely her fault.”
What are the crimes Anna Delvey commit?
While in New York, Sorokin pretended to be a wealthy German heiress to gain access to the city’s most potent socialites. During her time in the town, she conned countless people, hotels, and banks, frequently creating the illusion of wealth by using invalid credit cards or fake bank statements. She made the Anna Delvey Foundation a private club and art foundation to entice wealthy donors and further her brand.
Sorokin evicts from several hotels after bouncing from one to the next and failing to pay her bills on multiple occasions. Sorokin apprehend during a sting operation in October 2017. At the time, she is in an addiction treatment facility in Los Angeles County, California. During her trial, it estimates that she stole $275,000.
Sorokin is guilty of eight offenses on April 25, 2019, including attempted grand robbery in the first degree, grand larceny in the second degree, grand larceny in the third degree, and theft of services. In May, she was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in state prison, fined $24,000, and ordered to pay $199,00 in restitution.
What happened to Anna Delvey?
Sorokin is sent to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. After her trial, before being transferred to Albion Correctional Facility in New York. She is released early in February 2021 and immediately returned to Instagram.
However, in March of that year, she was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying her visa.
Sorokin is awaiting deportation to Germany after being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly a year. Despite previous reports that Sorokin had been released and returned to Germany, an ICE spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE on March 15, 2022, that she is still being held in a New York detention center “pending removal.”
According to the German news outlet Der Spiegel, her deportation was thwarted at the last minute when Sorokin refused to leave for the airport while her lawyers filed a motion to stay the decision. The outlet also reported that U.S. officials are attempting to secure a new departure date for her, presumably after her appeal expulsion window closes on March 19.
Sorokin is grant release from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Orange County, New York, on October 5, 2022, according to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg says that in order to get out of jail, she has to pay a $10,000 bail and can’t use social media, which she often did to show her friends and potential investors how nice her life seemed to be.
According to The Daily Beast, Sorokin will be imprisoned “24/7 at the provided residential area”
Did Netflix compensate Anna Delvey for creating Anna?
Insider reported in February 2022 that Netflix paid Sorokin $320,000 for the rights to adapt her life story for Inventing Anna. According to the publication, Sorokin used $199,000 of the money she received from Netflix to pay restitution to the banks she owes and another $24,000 to settle state fines.
Sorokin expressed her thoughts on the Netflix series in an open letter to Insider, writing that “nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum setting sounds appealing to me.”
“I had hoped for a long time that by the time Inventing Anna came out, I would have moved on with my life,” she wrote. “I imagined the show as a wrap-up and closing of a long chapter that had ended.
After nearly four years and countless phone calls and visits. The show is based on my story and told from a journalist’s perspective. I’m curious to see how they made use of the information I provided. At the same time, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought. The awful irony of locked up in yet another dreadful prison is overlooked.