- BBC Newsnight y Vicky Baker
- BBC News
After being released from prison, Anna Sorokin, the con artist known as “the false heiress”, says she is trying to make the most of the fraud she committed.
Sorokin became famous for posing as a wealthy member of high society of New York, with which he managed to commit fraud that accumulated more than US $ 270,000.
Using the false identity of Anna Delvey, Sorokin lived in five-star hotels, wore high-fashion designer clothes, attended exclusive partiesHe traveled in private jets and gave generous tips of US $ 100.
After more than three years in prison for crimes he committed, on February 11 he was in conditional freedom.
Netflix paid him $ 320,000 for the rights to his story and says he has received other offers as well.
In a recent interview with the show Newsnight From the BBC, Sorokin was asked if crime pays.
“In certainby way, did”Sorokin replied.
The story of his scams went viral in 2018, sparking instant interest from television producers.
“I never asked Netflix to buy my storyIt just happened, “says Sorokin.
“And everything else just got out of hand. Not that I orchestrated anything.”
Sorokin couldn’t keep all the money offered to him by Netflixx, due to a New York law that prevents criminals from profiting from his fame stemming from crime.
The company complied with the law and authorities froze his bank account, allowing his victims to make claims first.
At least $ 170,000 was used to pay the banks.
Champagne lunches and luxury vacations
Sorokin served 30 years in prison, but was in his early twenties when he spent time in New York, telling people he had a $ 60,000,000 trust fund and an ambitious project to create a foundation related to art.
In fact, the young woman had been a magazine intern and came from an ordinary family of Russian immigrants living in Germany.
Staying in expensive hotels and presenting a life of jet set On Instagram, he managed to trick others into believing his fantasy and paying his bills.
Using fake documents, even convinced a bank to grant him an overdraft of US $ 100,000, which the police eventually stopped.
Sorokin now claims that the prosecution played an important role in creating his media persona during his trial.
“The prosecution totally misrepresented my motives. They said that I was parading through New York, posing as an heiress. What happened was strictly between the financial institutions and me, it was not their business.
They portrayed me as a false member of high society and fond of parties. That was never my goal, “he says.
Although Sorokin enjoyed champagne lunches and luxury vacations, he primarily had his sights set on creating his artistic foundation and fraudulently sought a loan of US $ 22,000,000 to launch it.
He even produced a high-end brochure (but never paid the designer) and claimed that for the launch party he had the endorsement of famous artists, such as the late Christo. Although before the artist died in 2020, his publicist told the BBC that the claim was pure fabrication.
Sorokin’s defense was based on a narrative of “pretend until you make it”. His lawyer told the magazine The Cut that she hired a hairstylist so she could keep up appearances in the courtroom.
When now asked when Anna Sorokin began to become Anna Delvey, she said: “I was always Anna Delvey.”
“[Otros] they portrayed me as a very manipulative, but I don’t think that’s the case, “he says.
“I was never a very kind person. I never tried to convince them of anything. I just told people what I wanted and they gave it to me. I just went my way. “
In the interview with Newsnight, Sorokin says he never thought he was fooling people and getting away with it.
Sorokin was found guilty of four counts of theft of services, three of grand theft and one of attempted grand theft in April 2019. She was acquitted of two other charges.
Since getting out of jail, she says she has been inundated with media requests and that has hired his own filmmaker to take control of your narrative.
“I am writing my book, I have my NFT project [las siglas en inglés de token criptográfico, un certificado digital exclusivo que establece quién posee una fotografía, un video u otra forma de contenido online] and my merchandising, and I’m working on prison reform issues, “he says.
“I’m trying to turn the attention I’m getting into something positive“.
Sorokin insists that she doesn’t consider being a convicted con artist a badge of honor.
On social media, however, she doesn’t shy away from this reputation.
Earlier this week he tweeted an image of a stack of themed books on the money and deception.
Although she had previously spoken of regret, now she says that that is not the correct word, because that implies sadness and she is not sad about what she did, although I would not do it again.
His lawyer, Todd Spodek, told the BBC that Sorokin is working on a appeal and anticipates that she will be deported back to Germany in due course.
Sorokin says he will try to stay in the United States.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.