Netflix's Inventing Anna is the scammer show for anyone who loves glitz, glamour, and schadenfreude towards the rich. The Shonda Rhimes-created show is based on the story of Anna Delvey, née Sorokin, the "Soho grifter" whose escapades were written up in the viral article Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It (opens in new tab).
Between 2013 and 2017, the faux heiress scammed her way through New York society, before being convicted of swindling hotels, restaurants, banks, and a private jet operator out of over $200,000. The series follows Sorokin up to her guilty verdict, and fans who've devoured the show may be left wondering what she's up to now. Here's everything we know about the goings-on of Anna Delvey since her conviction.
Did Anna go to prison?
In real life, as in the show, Sorokin was found guilty after a trial that garnered media attention for her wardrobe choices and demands, which sometimes delayed proceedings. According to The Guardian (opens in new tab), Sorokin was "admonished for throwing tantrums when she couldn’t get her stylist-curated outfits, and drew unflattering sketches of the lead prosecutor during testimony."
Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison on one count of attempted grand larceny, three counts of grand larceny, and four counts of theft of services. She served her time in Albion Correctional Facility until she was released on parole in February of 2021, getting out early for good behavior.
What happened to Anna after she was released?
After her release, the faux socialite enjoyed a few weeks of freedom. She rejoined social media as @theannadelvey on Instagram (opens in new tab) and Twitter (opens in new tab). Photos from the time show her out and about in NYC.
Six weeks after her release, Sorokin was placed in custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa. In an Insider (opens in new tab) essay published ahead of Inventing Anna's premiere, she said that her visa overstay was "unintentional and largely out of my control." She appealed her deportation, but remained in custody after a judge deemed her “a continuous danger to the community," partly based on her press interviews and social media.
In mid-March of 2022, Sorokin lost her battle with immigration authorities—a battle that had lasted a year—and was scheduled to be deported to Germany, where she spent a portion of her teenage years. (Born in Russia, Sorokin still has family in Germany.) Sorokin had told reporters that she had built her life in New York and was determined to stay there.
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What has Anna said about her crimes?
Sorokin has been presented in the media (and the show) as mostly unrepentant about her actions, though she did tell the court during her sentencing hearing, "I apologize for the mistakes I made." In an interview (opens in new tab) given the day after after her sentencing, Sorokin admitted, "The thing is, I'm not sorry. I’d be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything. I regret the way I went about certain things."
In a recent New York Times (opens in new tab) interview, she expressed remorse for her actions, reflecting that she felt defiant and was still processing everything when she made that initial quote.
"I feel sorry for the way my case is being perceived. And I feel sorry that I resorted to these actions that people think I’m glorifying now," she said. "I feel sorry for the choices I’ve made. Definitely, I don’t feel like the world would be a better place if people were just trying to be more like me."
She has also recently expressed (opens in new tab) that she feels she's unable to go on with her life and move past her crimes. Of her ICE detention, she told Cosmopolitan (opens in new tab), "I was given an opportunity to move on, but they took it all away from me. I feel like I’m being tried for the same thing over and over again."
What does Anna think of the show?
Sorokin has given more interviews since Inventing Anna came out; according to NYT, she sold her life rights to the show’s creators for $320,000 and worked as a paid consultant on the series. In an interview with Cosmopolitan (opens in new tab), she said of the series, "This will override reality. It’s weird to watch your own life owned by somebody else," adding "It's a good exercise in letting go."
She also noted that many of her friends and associates consulted on the show. "It’s like lots of people in your life telling you what they think of you, all at the same time. Turns out, most of the time we don’t want to know what people really think of us."
As for how she felt about the depiction of herself, she recalled thinking, "Am I that insufferable?" after seeing the trailer. If so, she said, "I don’t feel like I could ever be friends with myself."
Has Anna met any of the cast?
Though she was detained throughout Inventing Anna's production, Sorokin did get a chance to meet the actress portraying her. During an appearance on Julia Fox and Niki Takesh's Forbidden Fruits podcast, the fraudster recalled her one meeting with actress Julia Garner in prison. "She was very nice," Sorokin said, per People (opens in new tab). "She came to see me…and she is a very sweet girl."
Apparently, Garner even demonstrated her Anna accent to the real-life scammer. "It's just so weird, because the way you hear yourself — like your voice is just completely different when you hear yourself on TV," Sorokin said.
When Fox rated Garner's accent as a "6 out of 10," noting that Sorokin's current accent is more subtle, the grifter defended the actress' portrayal. "She was portraying me from like, 2015, 2016, 2017. So now I've spent the past four years just in the States. I was surrounded by Americans so maybe my accent was different," she said. "I barely even speak German these days. All I speak is English. Back in the day, I would speak French, German, English on a daily basis."
What is Anna working on now?
Though she's currently detained, the infamous fraudster is still hustling and sharing her story. Per Deadline (opens in new tab), Sorokin has teamed up with Surviving R. Kelly producer Bunim/Murray Productions on a limited docuseries, set to "explore the next chapter in her life." It plans to begin where Inventing Anna ends, following her rapidly-changing plans day-to-day while also giving insight into how she thinks.
"Anna’s story is very much alive and still unfolding as we speak. We’ve been developing this project with her for months now – and spent countless hours on phone and video calls with her. She is a complicated and fascinating character, and we are looking forward to telling the next chapter of her ever-evolving tale," said Mike Driscoll, Director of Development at Bunim/Murray Productions.
And in her interview with the NYT, Anna hinted that she's working on a project with Julia Fox. "We actually connected on Instagram when I was out, and we DM'd a bit, and then she jumped on my Clubhouse...We have a similar sense of humor. She was never judgmental, and we've stayed in touch ever since." She added that she and Fox were "working on a little something together."
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