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Inventing Anna: Who Is Anna Sorokin? Where Is Anna Delvey Now?

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Anna Delvey (Anna Sorokin)
Anna Delvey (Anna Sorokin)

Inventing Anna follows the true story of Anna Sorokin, who was imprisoned in 2019 on multiple accounts, including second-degree larceny (theft of personal property). She’s better known as Anna Delvey, the fake name she used between 2013 and 2017, while she pretended to be a German heiress and scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars out of businesses and wealthy individuals.

Who Is Anna Delvey (Anna Sorokin)?

According to those she met in New York and Europe between 2013 and 2017, Anna Sorokin (using the name “Delvey”) was a German heiress, trust fund kid, and businesswoman, looking to turn the historic Church Missions House on Park Avenue into a kind of Soho House—a social club and a venue for art and culture.

While the heiress and trust fund identities we know now to be fake, Sorokin does appear to have been seriously invested in her business venture. At least, this is the argument given by Sorokin’s lawyer Todd Spodek, who in his opening statement claimed that Sorokin was not intending to commit a crime. Sorokin was merely exploiting a system in order to open doors into the New York social scene, Spodek argued.

That meant Sorokin was going to “fake it until she could make it.” Spodek said Sorokin’s burrowing habits with friends and requests for bank loans were merely for her way of “buying time” before her business could take off and she could repay her debts. Sorokin was “ambitious, she was persistent and she was determined to make her business a reality,” argued Spodek.

To make her business a reality, she had to reinvent herself as the kind of wealthy socialite other wealthy socialites might believe—and invest in. And so she became Anna Delvey, the German heiress.

The identity was a ruse.

Where Is Anna Delvey Now?

Sorokin served under four years in prison. She was released on good behavior in February 2021. In a subsequent interview with ABC News, Sorokin denied telling acquaintances that she was an heiress or that she had any fraudulent intent.

While Sorokin sold the rights to her story to Netflix and Shonda Rhimes, she was legally unable to profit off the sale; the money will be used to pay back her victims.

Sorokin has since been jailed once again, this time by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She faces potential deportation.

 

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