Fraud Heiress Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey Is Getting Her Own Netflix Show

Fake heiress gets real Netflix series You may remember the name Anna Sorokin from a couple of months ago when a young woman was caught scamming Manhattan socialites for...

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Fake heiress gets real Netflix series

You may remember the name Anna Sorokin from a couple of months ago when a young woman was caught scamming Manhattan socialites for their money by pretending to be an heiress to a multimillion-dollar fortune. Well if you don’t remember, then you’ll have a chance to learn more with the new Netflix series “Inventing Anna.”

The story follows a 28-year-old woman, Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be a German heiress named Anna Delvey in order to infiltrate the New York social circle. If you’re not familiar with this story then I’ll break down the basics.

Sorokin started duping the Manhattan social circle starting in the mid-2010s claiming that she was an heiress to a fortune of a $67 million trust fund, convincing people she was just waiting to gain access to the trust fund. Sorokin actually comes from a lower-middle-class family from Russia and is claimed to have scammed at least $275,000 from her so-called friends and New York businesses.

Sorokin’s lies caught up with her when she was charged with the crime of grand theft and larceny of services in 2017, leading to her rise to fame by 2018. Various publications including Vanity Fair and New York Mag revealed Sorokin’s scam, bestowing Sorokin the nickname “The SoHo Scammer.”

She received even more media attention when she appeared in court for the first time in March for wearing all designer name clothes and hiring a professional stylist for her trial. Though she thought being fashionable would help her case the court decided to find her guilty and convicted her of attempted grand larceny, three grand larceny counts, and the misdemeanor charge of theft of services.

The court sentenced Sorokin in May with a sentence of 4 to 12 years in New York. It seems like that’s the end of Sorokin’s story, but she ended up taking notes from the founder of the failed Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland and decided to sell the rights to her story. So now the big question is whether Sorokin will profit from the Netflix deal.

Reports say that the deal entails payments of $15,000 per episode for a consultant fee and $7,500 per episode for royalties, for a total of $70,000. Reports show that the attorney general of New York State, Letitia James, filed a petition citing the “Son of Sam” law that prohibits felons from profiting off their crime and wants to prevent Netflix from paying Sorokin $70,000 for the series deal.

So far, Sorokin will not profit from this series deal and her lawyer said that her client intends of paying back her victims with anticipation of resolving the issue without further litigation. The Netflix series has committed to a cast and is confirmed for 10 episodes thus far.

Creator of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal,’ Shonda Rhimes will be taking the helm on the new ‘Inventing Anna’ limited series. Netflix has yet to confirm the release date and the limited series will follow a reporter covering Anna’s journey leading up to her trail.

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