'Millionaire heiress' scammer Anna Delvey has been released from prison

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY - Getty Images
Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Anna Delvey - real name Anna Sorokin - who rose to notoriety as the scammer who posed as a millionaire heiress to con friends, hotels and banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, has been released from prison after three years. The German-native Anna Sorokin had moved to New York in 2014, and created a whole new, entirely fake persona for herself.

Putting Anna Sorokin firmly behind her, the new Anna Delvey was a millionaire heiress with a $60m trust fund who fit perfectly into New York's elite socialite crowd. She kept up a life of luxury; living in five-star hotels, tipping hundred dollar bills to hospitality staff, and dining in some of the fanciest restaurants the city had to offer. Except, she didn't actually have a trust fund. Or any money of her own, for that matter. Anna entangled herself in a web of lies to deceitfully prise money out of businesses and even her friends, and kept up the ruse for several years.

But in 2017, Anna was arrested. The spiralling fabrications finally caught up with her after authorities were alerted when Anna couldn’t pay the bill for lunch at le Parker Meridien hotel. The young woman was sent to prison and stood trial in 2019, where she was sentenced to a minimum of four years in jail, with the possibility of 12, for theft.

Now, however, the 29-year-old has been released from the Albion Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Her sentence took into account the time she had spent in jail on Rikers Island prior to her trial, and was ultimately shortened for good behaviour.

Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY - Getty Images
Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY - Getty Images

Anna Sorokin was famously unrepentant for her crimes, but during a parole hearing last year she is reported to have finally apologised for her crimes. "I just want to say that I’m really ashamed and I’m really sorry for what I did," she is believed to have said.

However, Insider reports Anna has already created a new Twitter account in the wake of her release - using the name of her fake persona, Anna Delvey. She reportedly tweeted the Manhattan District Attorney about the decision to release her, writing, "Good job @ManhattanDA," however the tweet is now listed as unavailable. Twitter also issues a warning prior to accessing the new account which reads: "Caution: This account is temporarily restricted. You’re seeing this warning because there has been some unusual activity from this account. Do you still want to view it?"

This isn't the first social media activity Anna has had recently; while serving out her sentence, the scammer posted on Instagram for the first since 2017. Despite prison rules meaning Anna shouldn't have access to her phone, in March last year an illustration appeared on her grid. It depicted a cartoon man all in black carrying a blonde-haired, pink-lipped woman in his arms. Next to her, the words "...but I'm too pretty to go to jail!" appeared alongside a kiss emoji, in the format of an iMessage.

It was creepy, and her followers were confused as to how and why it was posted.

It's not known whether Anna Sorokin will be deported from the US back to Germany following her prison release, but one thing is clear: she seems to be hoping to maintain a level of 'public' status. Netflix bought the rights to her life in a reported-multi-million-dollar deal, and a dramatisation of it is currently in production under the name Inventing Anna.

It's also reported that Anna will be writing a book, begging the question: how much punishment is she really having to endure for her crimes?

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