Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin spent her first weekend of freedom living it up in Manhattan hotel and shopping at Sephora after being released from prison eight months early last week.
Sorokin, 29, – who went by the name Anna Delvey while duping people out of $275,000 before her 2017 arrest – was released from Albion prison in upstate New York on February 11.
In 2019, she 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.
Immediately after leaving prison, Sorokin set up new social media accounts and reconvened with friends in Manhattan.
Over the weekend, she stayed at The Nomad Hotel – where rooms are $260-a-night – and shared photos of wine and caviar in her suite.
Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, was released from prison on Thursday. She checked into The Nomad Hotel over the weekend
One of her first stops was to get her hair done at Valentino Jet Salon. It was filmed but it’s unknown where the footage will appear
Delvey and her friend went shopping at Sephora in Nomad to stock up on make-up and skincare
She and one of her friends were seen buying make-up at Sephora on Sunday. A videographer trailed their every move.
She 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.
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’.
Cheers to the weekend: Sorokin and her friend drank a variety of wines in their suite
Interview with German TV: German TV reporter Daniela Hoffmann posted this photo with Sorokin, claiming to have an exclusive interview with her that will air on German television
Posing for documentary:
Room service: Sorokin ordered yogurt, berries and granola for herself in the hotel
She also treated her friend to some caviar in their hotel room
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
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.
But she spent the weekend with a German reporter who trailed her through the city, and has also been filming with the videographer for an unspecified project.
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.
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.
Sorokin also 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.