Anna “Delvey” Sorokin, the con artist who defrauded the Manhattan elite by posing as a German heiress, says she got “exactly what I wanted” after her release from prison.
In her first interview since she left, she told the New York Times that she was “really happy” to be out of jail and added that “nothing was guaranteed”.
The notorious socialite scammer has defrauded banks and big names in New York City in the amount of around $ 67 million (£ 51.5 million) to finance her jet-set lifestyle.
The revelry eventually saw her sentenced from four to 12 years and was the subject of the hit Netflix series Inventing Anna.
She was released from state prison in February 2021, but was quickly back in prison after Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took her into custody.
Sorokin, 31, received a $ 10,000 bail and released from prison on Friday.
She is subject to house arrest and banned from social media.
Sorokin spoke to the New York Times, saying he is “really happy”.
He told the newspaper: “First they denied bail. It was an exercise in perseverance.
“So many immigration lawyers told me I was going to be deported to Mars before I went out to New York.”
The false German heiress who swindled the New York elite
Sorokin, born in the then Soviet Union, expects to be in the Big Apple for a while as her immigration case goes to court.
“I’m really, really happy with that. That’s exactly what I wanted. I just hope I get more freedom in the end.”
Sorokin now lives in a one-bedroom apartment in the East Village area of the city.
Asked if the money to rent the apartment and the $ 10,000 bail was his, he replied, “Yes.”
Who is Anna Sorokin?
For years she has been known as Anna Delvey, a wealthy German heiress with a taste for expensive wine, private jets and designer clothes.
It had become a social media sensation; even during her court hearing, an Instagram account documented her outfits – a mix of designer and high street, and always her signature thick-rimmed glasses – all over the place.
But when the first news came out that questioned his identity, the story spread like wildfire.
Prosecutors claimed Sorokin stole from others while pretending to have a fortune of 60 million euros (around 51 million pounds) – she made her way to the upper echelons of society through multiple acts of scam in 2016 and 2017, funding a life he should never have been able to afford.
In all, they accused her of stealing £ 202,000, including a £ 26,000 bill that she failed to pay for a plane leased to and from a shareholders’ meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate, in Omaha, Nebraska. .
She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and subsequently released, but quickly taken back into immigration law enforcement custody.
His sensational crime spree has been the subject of news, a popular podcast, and most recently a hit Netflix show.