Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin checked in with her parole officer in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning after spending the weekend living it up in a Manhattan hotel.
Sorokinn, 30, spent just over three years in custody for defrauding banks, hotels and friends out of $275,000 while posing as Anna Delvey, the fictitious heiress to a multi-billion dollar German fortune, in Manhattan in 2016 and 2017.
Since being released on February 11th, she has had a German camera crew follow her every move, and she has tantalized her young followers on social media with promises of tell-all Q&A sessions and sultry videos from the bathtub of a Nomad hotel.
In her first interview since being released, she said prison was a ‘pointless’ ‘waste of time’, she called the prosecution against her an ‘insult to her intelligence’ and boasted that guards treated her like a ‘celebrity’.
Sorokin was paid $320,000 by Netflix to consult on its new series about her. She used some of the money to pay off her victims, and is now looking for more work.
On Twitter, she joked that the only job she would consider is creative director of Goldman Sachs. Last week, within hours of her release, she asked for $720million from Fortress Investment Group. She also said ‘going to trial is the new sex tape’.
On Tuesday morning, it was a far less glamorous scene as she hopped out of a yellow cab, dressed in a grey sweatsuit and sneakers, to visit her parole officer in Brooklyn.
It’s not all glamorous: Anna Sorokin hops out of a yellow cab in Brooklyn to check in with her parole officer after spending the weekend tweeting about her plans to work in finance and dining on caviar
The convicted felon was wearing a grey sweatsuit, coat and sneakers for the dressed-down appearance
Sorokin is shown carrying an envelope into her parole officer’s office in Brooklyn. She trudged through the snow in her Nike sneakers
It’s unclear how often Sorokin has to check in with her parole officer. She was granted parole in October and was released from prison on February 11
Once inside, the 30-year-old continued to Instagram. She has been reveling in the spotlight since she was released from prison last week
‘Like the whole case that the prosecutors created against me. They presented me as being this thirsty and greedy. I just had this vision. And it didn’t work out,’ she said.
The terms of her parole were not immediately clear.
Sorokin said prison is ‘all about who you know’, like the Manhattan social scene, and that she was treated like a celebrity in prison.
Of the guards at the Albion Correctional Facility, she said: ‘Every single one of them knew who I was,’ she said of the guards, 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.”‘
‘It’s about who you know. It’s kind of like the scene in New York, but amplified. Because if you know the right officers, they’re going to get you the right job.
HOW SOROKIN CAN MAKE MONEY FROM HER CRIMES
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.
‘And so I had a job in a gym because I just wanted to work out when no one else would go. And they give it to me. It’s all about who you know and what people think of you,’ she said.
Asked about her daily routine in prison, she said:
‘There’s not a typical day. There’s always something going on. Females are crazy.
‘You either have a school or a job. The whole thing is a fraud.
‘The job is supposed to like last three hours, or three hours and 30 minutes. But what you end up doing is 15 minutes of work or whatever, and they let you go.’
Sorokin added that she sees no point in wallowing in regret because she ‘can’t change’ what she did.
‘I think regret is just a useless feeling because I clearly cannot go back in time and change anything. And this is what they made out of it.
‘I have to deal with the consequences of my actions, yeah. But to just sit around and just think about everything I’ve done — it’s not going to have changed it. I don’t know. It would be a huge waste of my time.
‘I did what I did. And I was, I don’t know, 23, 24, 25. I’m just trying to fix things and move on.
‘I never really went, “Oh, let me go and defraud City National Bank, that will be the best thing to do ever.” Or, “Let me go take this random girl, Rachel, on vacation and make her pay.” Who thinks like this?’ she said.
She added that her time in prison allowed her not to reflect on her crimes, but on how ‘pointless’ the justice system is.
‘It’s kind of crazy that they just put everyone together. I was with the craziest people.
‘I feel like I have no place. I made the best out of it, but not everyone would have the option to do so. I have this huge support system. I would have everything I wanted,’ she said.
It’s unclear what her legal status in America is.
She is a German national who, before her arrest, is thought to have been coming and going from the country on three-month ESTA visas.
ICE did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries about her legal status this week.
Since leaving prison Sorokin has stayed at The Nomad Hotel – where rooms can be nearly $300 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.
Sorokin, who was released from prison eight months early, also called her time in prison ‘a huge waste of time’
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
Since leaving prison Sorokin has stayed at The Nomad Hotel – where rooms can be more than $300 a night – and shared photos of wine and caviar in her suite
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.
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
One of her first stops was to get her hair done at Valentino Jet Salon. It was filmed as part of the TV special
Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, was released from prison on Thursday. She checked into The Nomad Hotel over the weekend
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.