Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin has called her time behind bars ‘pointless’, said regret ‘is a useless feeling’ and revealed plans for a TV show and tell all memoir in her first interview since leaving prison.
Sorokin – who went by the name Anna Delvey while duping people out of $275,000 before her 2017 arrest – told Insider being held at Rikers Island and at Albion Correctional Facility ‘kind of like the scene in New York, but amplified’. She said: ‘It’s all about who you know and what people think of you.’
In 2019, Anna was sentenced to a minimum of four years behind bars for duping friends, banks and hotels by posing as a European heiress to steal their money. She was given time served for the 18 months she spent in Rikers Island before her trial, then was freed early due to COVID-19 and good behavior.
The 29-year-old, who was released from Albion prison on February 11 and spent her first weekend of freedom living it up in Manhattan hotel and shopping at Sephora – said she was ‘upset’ at being locked up.
But she added: ‘But it’s just not so bad as to act as a deterrent for any future crimes, you know? You’re just there.’
Anna said the guards there ‘absolutely’ knew who she was, adding: ‘A lot of them were just very inappropriate, very unprofessional. Like, “Oh my gosh, I love your story. I’m following you on Instagram.”‘
Sorokin, who was released from prison eight months early, also called her time in prison ‘a huge waste of time’.
‘What I did have the time to reflect on was the criminal justice system — how pointless it is,’ she told Insider.
Immediately after leaving prison, Sorokin set up new social media accounts and reconvened with friends in Manhattan. She was pictured shopping in a pricey Canada Goose jacket, which can cost up to $1,500, and brand new Nike sneakers over the weekend.
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Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, leaves prison on February 11 with her attorney (right) and a German reporter (left) who trailed her for the weekend
Since leaving prison Sorokin has stayed at The Nomad Hotel – where rooms are $260-a-night – and shared photos of wine and caviar in her suite. She was followed around by a German TV camera crew and reporter, and also posted on her own social media accounts about what she was doing.
She told Insider of crimes: ‘I think regret is just a useless feeling because I clearly cannot go back in time and change anything. I did what I did. I’m just trying to fix things and move on. They [prosecutors] presented me as being this thirsty and greedy. I just had this vision. And it didn’t work out.
‘I don’t really have a problem with myself as a person, because I know I was never planning on defrauding anyone.’
Sorokin duped friends, hotels and even banks into giving her money between 2016 and 2017.
She pretended to be the daughter of a mysterious oil baron in Europe and lived an exorbitantly expensive lifestyle in Manhattan without ever actually paying for it.
It came crashing down in 2017 after she took a friend, a Vanity Fair photo editor, to Marrakesh with her, racked up thousands in charges at hotels and then gave the photo editor the $62,000 bill, promising to pay her back.
Confirming she is writing a book Sorokin told Insider: ‘It’s going to be my take on the criminal justice system and my jail experience. My point is basically going to be like the pointlessness of the whole thing.
‘They just wasted everyone’s time and money.’
After cameras were seen following her around Manhattan over the weekend Sorokin said of ‘Anna Delvey TV’: ‘I’m just kind of filming everything I’m doing right now and I’m going to see what to do with it later.’
Explaining why she would still be using her fake name of Delvey, Sorokin added: ‘Why shouldn’t I? I’m a movement by myself.’
Sorokin had also asked fans on social media to tune in to a ‘live’ video where she promised a no-holds-barred Q&A but then disappointed them by only filming herself in the bathtub and not answering any questions.
One of her first stops was to get her hair done at Valentino Jet Salon. It was filmed as part of the TV special
Sorokin, wearing a $1,000 Canada Goose coat, perused clothes after having her hair cut
Sorokin standing beneath a neon sign that reads ‘It is OK for me to have everything I want’ and right, with German TV reporter Daniela Hoffmann
Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, was released from prison on Thursday. She checked into The Nomad Hotel over the weekend
Delvey and her friend went shopping at Sephora in Nomad to stock up on make-up and skincare
How long Sorokin will be able to stay in the country remains a mystery.
She is a German citizen and has no legal status in the US but has never been deported. ICE did not immediately respond to inquiries about her status on Monday morning.
She tweeted that she wouldn’t leave until ‘black people have reparations’.
Sorokin declined an interview with DailyMail.com when she was released from prison on Thursday, saying she wasn’t ‘ready’.
But she spent the weekend with a German reporter who trailed her through the city, and has also been filming with the videographer.
Netflix has already paid her $320,000 to consult on a series about her crimes.
She used most of the money to pay off her victims.
Cheers to the weekend: Sorokin and her friend drank a variety of wines in their suite
Posing for documentary: A film crew was in the convicted felon’s hotel room to document her every move
Room service: Sorokin ordered yogurt, berries and granola for herself in the hotel
Sorokin told fans on Sunday she’d do a ‘FULL Q&A’ on Instagram live
When it came down to it, she said she was having ‘tech problems’. She then just showed them her bathtub
Sorokin said she won’t leave the US until ‘they give Black people reparations’. Her legal status is unknown
Sorokin convinced banks to give her huge overdrafts, and would convince luxury hotels into giving her the keys to rooms, promising to pay later.
She always denied the charges and said she intended to create an arts club in New York that would be her legacy.
Sorokin is the daughter of a Russian truck driver.
Her parents say she left them to go to live in Paris and London years ago, and that they have had no contact with her.
Sorokin pleaded not guilty and maintained her innocence throughout trial, insisting it was all a misunderstanding.
Her trial took place in Manhattan in 2019 and included tantrums from Sorokin over her wardrobe.
HOW SOROKIN CAN MAKE MONEY FROM HER CRIMES AND WHO SHE HAS TO REPAY
Under New York State Law, a convict can profit for their crimes so long as the money gained is made accessible to their victims. It is what’s known as the Son of Sam Law.
‘The Son of Sam law requires any entity that enters into a contract with someone who is accused or convicted of a crime to supply a copy of the contract to the Crime Victims Compensation Board. That entity would have to deliver any money owed according to the contract to the board for placement in an escrow account for five years.
‘If an interested party were to successfully sue the perpetrator, the money from the contract would be used to pay any judgment. If no victims were brought within the five year period, the Crime Victims Compensation Board would be required to provide the funds to the accused,’ the state senate’s description of it reads.
It’s unclear how much victims can claim from the perpetrator.
Sorokin was told she had to repay the banks she stole from $199,000 and pay $24,000 in state fines. A judge unfroze her assets so she could pay them before her prison release.
Rachael DeLoach Williams, the Vanity Fair photo editor she scammed, was not repaid. She made $330,000 out of TV and book deals about the ordeal.
Sorokin was told she also didn’t have to repay the hotels she stole from by staying in rooms then not paying the bill.
It means that after paying off the banks and state fines, she had some $100,000 to play with from the Netflix deal – though it’s unclear how much she was taxed for the money.