Inventing Anna Netflix Series
The new Netflix series, which premiered on February 11th, follows the rise and fall of fraudster Anna Sorokin, who is played by Ozark actor Julia Garner.
Inventing Anna is based on the actual tale of Anna Sorokin, a 20 something year old socialite who was charged with fraud and grand larceny after defrauding friends and major banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by pretending as a wealthy heiress with the surname Delvey.
Jessica Pressler’s comprehensive reporting influenced the creation of Inventing Anna. The mini series follows journalist Vivian, who is modelled on Jessica Pressler and is portrayed by Anna Chlumsky from Veep, as she explores Anna’s past to write an article. The sophisticated drama series aims to depict the narrative of Sorokin through the perspective of people who knew her—or believed they knew her. Netflix allegedly paid Sorokin $320,000 to turn her life into a TV series, which she has stated she will not watch, according to sources.
Ms. Sorokin was detained in 2017 after allegedly defrauding banks and failing to pay large Manhattan hotel bills. In 2019, The New York Times covered the trial of the time she was found guilty on all eight counts and sentenced to four to twelve years in jail.
Who Is Anna Delvey?
Anna Sorokin had gone by the name Anna Delvey for years, a wealthy German heiress with a passion for costly wine, private aircraft, and fashionable clothes. She dreamt of becoming a rich and famous diva.
Despite facing trial, the beautiful Manhattan socialite persona she had created for herself never seemed to diminish. Prosecutors allege that Sorokin stole from others while pretending to have a wealth of €60 million (about £51 million), wheedling her way into the top echelons of society through several acts of swindling in 2016 and 2017, affording a life she should never have been able to afford.
In 2018, New York Magazine broke the internet with journalist Jessica Pressler’s story about an alleged German heiress charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from banks, financial companies, and her friends between 2013 and 2017 in order to launch the Anna Delvey Foundation, a member-only club.
Sorokin, it turns out, was a Russian-born, German-raised con queen who duped New York’s ultra affluent and powerful into bowing down to her for more than $275,000. (Despite her daughter’s assertions, her parents told New York Magazine that there was no trust money and that “Delvey” was not a family name.)
She even became a social media star; during her court appearances, an Instagram account named @annadelveycourtlooks that tracked her clothing that had a blend of luxury and high-street designer clothing, with her distinctive thick-framed spectacles – throughout.
Anna Delvey’s Court Outfits Have Their Own Instagram Account? YES!
It has around 12K followers, which is impressive for only 21 postings. The most current is barely a day old, while the oldest is dated March 27, 2019. She had the press and media focus on her entirely during her trial period and everyone became eager to see what she was going to wear on days of the trial. Anna really did say “Don’t block my entrance” to her lawyer before making her appearance.
Whoever created Anna Delvey’s Instagram archive has been adding photos of her everyday outfits and annotating them with the different categories. The handle is simple: @annadelveycourtlooks.
Because of the public’s fascination in her trial attire, American artist Cynthia Talmadge created the piece Four Courtroom Outfits of Anna Delvey in September 2019. It “flips the script, questioning not what the clothing say about Delvey but what our ‘tabloid infatuation’ with her fashion says about us,” according to Artnet.
How Did Anna Delvey Con People?
Anna scammed her way into the city’s top events and high-end hotels by pretending money was on its way and using big financial tips to persuade employees she was up to the task.
Prosecutors claimed she allegedly used fake bank statements to get a £16 million loan from a bank to build a private arts club she intended to construct in Manhattan. While this was declined, she did convince one bank to issue her a £74,000 loan, which she used to settle unpaid bills at the posh 11 Howard hotel where she was staying.
The scam queen then submitted bogus checks totaling £11,000 in a Signature Bank account, withdrawing £6,000 in cash before the checks bounced, and duping victims with false wire transfer receipts.
Prosecutors accused her of stealing £202,000 in total, including a £26,000 bill she avoided paying for a jet chartered to and from a Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.
She was ultimately apprehended in 2017 with “nothing to her name, as far as we can tell,” according to prosecutor Catherine McCaw at the time.
Here is Jessica Pressler’s original article about Anna for The Cut, on which Inventing Anna is partially based.
What happened to Anna Delvey Now?
The fake socialite had a few moments of freedom after her release. She resurfaced on social media with the handle @theannadelvey on Instagram and Twitter.
Delvey was released on good behaviour from jail on February 11, 2021, after serving nearly four years. Six weeks after her release, in March 2021, she was detained again by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa, and as of this posting, she is still in ICE detention in upstate New York.
Delvey writes in an essay for Insider while imprisoned, “I don’t think I’ll be able to see Inventing Anna anytime soon. Even if I could make it happen, nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum environment appeals to me.”
“The point is, I’m not sorry,” she told the New York Times the day following her conviction. “If I claimed I was sorry about anything, I’d be lying to you, everyone else, and myself. I’m sorry for how I handled some situations.”
Sorokin was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) six weeks after her release for overstaying her visa. In an Insider piece released prior of the debut of Inventing Anna, she said that her visa overstay was “unintended and mostly out of my control.” She has challenged her deportation, but she has remained in detention after a court declared her a “constant risk to the community,” based in part on news interviews and social media.
She is presently being held at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York, where she will remain until ICE decides whether she will be deported to Germany.
Watch The Trailer of Inventing Anna
As a scammer she was, Anna was too smart in tricking people. She used psychology very smartly by tricking people’s minds to get what she wanted. I guess you do grow a weird fascination towards her character and brains. Julia Garner absolutely nailed it as Anna Sorokin in every possible way!