Social grifter Anna Sorokin, who pretended to have a $60 million-euro fortune to scam more than $200,000 from businesses and friends, is now trying to make amends.
Sorokin was paid $320,000 by Netflix for the rights to her life story and details on her grift through New York’s upper echelons of society as faux German heiress Anna Delvey. And the now formerly unrepentant scammer is said to be using the cash influx to pay off her creditors, according to Insider.
Of that money, $199,000 went to pay restitution to the banks, and $24,000 to make good on state fines, according to records reviewed by Insider.
Sorokin reportedly infiltrated New York’s social scene, living in luxury hotels and hobnobbing with the city’s elite. Sorokin was convicted last year and sentenced to four to 12 years in prison in May 2019, after a trial that featured frequent sartorial meltdowns that delayed proceedings by hours. After her sentencing, the unrepentant social grifter said, “The thing is, I’m not sorry. I’d be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything.”
She changed her tune last year and Sorokin finally apologized for her crimes, telling a parole board she was remorseful.
Sorokin’s funds were initially frozen in May 2019 under the “Son of Sam” law, designed to stop criminals from making money from their crimes. But after she started paying off her victims, her accounts were unfrozen.
Sorokin formally agreed to pay the $70,000 in restitution she still owed to Citibank, court records reviewed by Insider showed. She had already paid the $100,000 she owed to City National Bank. In all, Sorokin has paid $223,000 in restitution and fines as well as $50,000 in legal fees, according to the Wall Street Journal.
There is no word on whether or not she will ever refund her former friend, Vanity Fair writer Rachel Williams. Sorokin invited Williams on a Moroccan extravaganza – and stuck her with the $70,000 bill. However, William then sold her story to HBO for what could amount to more than $335,000 and to Simon & Schuster for $300,000.
“I just want to say that I’m really ashamed and I’m really sorry for what I did,” gushed the 29-year-old, according to a transcript of the October 6 hearing. “I completely understand that a lot of people suffered when I thought I was not doing anything wrong.” Sorokin is expected to be released from prison early in February, and has said she will stay with a friend before being deported to Germany.