Is Anna Sorokin Still in Prison in New York?
The bizarre story of Anna Delvey who turned out to be Anna Sorokin who was not the German heiress people thought her to be but who was instead a con-woman is a confusing yet fascinating one.
Once the world got a sniff of the story of the con-woman who fooled New York's elite, it couldn't get enough of the twists and turns however after Sorokin's sentencing the scandal died down and people lost interest. That is, until Netflix released a limited series on Sorokin's story and now, everyone is talking about Anna again.
Her friends in New York knew her as Anna Delvey, a German heiress who lived the high life and who was an up and coming New York socialite. Turns out Anna Delvey wasn't even her real name. Anna was born Anna Sorokin in Russia before moving to Germany with her family as a child.
Sorokin adopted the last name of Delvey (not legally though) and miraculously, even though she was no more wealthy than any other average working class person, she somehow convinced friends and acquaintances in New York that she was a woman of wealth, ultimately conning the elite and financial institutions out of $275,000.
In April of 2019, Sorokin was found guilty of eight charges including second-degree grand larceny, theft of services, and first-degree attempted grand larceny. Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison fined $24,000, and ordered to pay restitution to her victims.
Following her sentencing, Sorokin was sent to Albion Correctional Facilities near Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. Once the trial and sentencing were complete, the public's interest waned and the world pretty much forgot about Sorokin - until Netflix released "Inventing Anna." Now, the world wants and update on one of the slickest and most complex cons to ever target high society.
Sorokin was released from prison on parole in February of 2021 for good behavior after serving three of her four-to12-year sentence and immediately paid back her debts thanks to the money she received from Netflix for "Inventing Anna" which she was not allowed to keep for herself.
In New York, a person found guilty of a crime is not allowed to keep the earnings made off the telling of their story through books, movies, or other means - that money must be given to the victims of the criminal. The law is most commonly called the "Son of Sam" law and was named that after serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as the “Son of Sam,” sold his story.
Sorokin was paid $320,000 by Netflix for her story and used that money to pay back the $200,000 she owed to the banks as well as the $24,000 she owed to the state of New York in the form of fines.
For a while, Sorokin, still on parole, lived a somewhat normal life going so far as to resume posting on her Instagram account, giving interviews to major television networks, and mapping out a plan to open her own art exhibit in New York city.
However, Sorkin's freedom was short lived.
In March of 2021, just six short weeks after her release from prison, Sorokin was once again in custody but this time, it was Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who nabbed her. Sorokin was placed in ICE custody, once again in Upstate New York, and all because she overstayed her visa.
On Monday, March 14, 2022, Sorokin was released from ICE custody to be deported to Germany. Except, the deportation failed. Why did Sorokin's deportation fail? Because she refused to leave the ICE detention center to go to the airport and be taken back to Germany. And so the Sorokin saga continues with her lawyer telling the New York Post that a motion to stay the deportation was filed with the courts.
The answer to the question of "where is Anna Sorokin now?" is that she is still sitting in Upstate New York in ICE custody, waiting to find out whether or not she will be forced to go back to Germany or if her case will take yet another twist and she will be allowed to stay in the United States.
Get caught up on just how sly Anna Sorokin aka. Anna Delvey is and how exactly she managed to pull the wool over not only the eyes of the upper crust of New York society, but financial institutions by watching "Inventing Anna" on Netflix which is loosely based on Sorokin's case.