Anna Delvey first gained national attention after a 2018 Vanity Fair article detailed how the fake heiress managed to fool wealthy New Yorkers into parting with their money.
Anna’s story inspired the miniseries Inventing Anna, in which a journalist deconstructs the trial of Anna Sorokin, who was posing as “Anna Delvey.” She pretended to be a German heiress with a trust fund worth $67 million.
As seen in the scripted series, Anna was eventually discovered and sentenced to prison for her crimes.
Her story, however, does not end there. She was incarcerated again after serving her sentence. According to PEOPLE, she was arrested in March 2021 for overstaying her visa. She was detained in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Orange County, New York.
On October 5th, a judge ordered Anna to be released from prison if she posted $10,000 bail and agreed to stay off social media.
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According to ABC News, Anna was convicted and sentenced to prison in May 2019 for grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, and theft of services. In addition, she was fined $24,000 and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution. However, Anna, who was born in Russia, was released from prison in February 2021. According to Paper, she was sentenced to four to twelve years in prison but was released on parole after only two years for good behavior.
Her freedom, however, was fleeting.
Anna reported herself to authorities in lower Manhattan less than two months after her prison sentence, in March 2021, according to the New York Post. She is now in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa. According to Insider, she was being held in a facility in Hackensack, New Jersey, while awaiting word on whether she would be deported to Germany, where she lived before moving to the United States.
According to Bloomberg, Anna was released from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Orange County, New York.
As part of her release, the scammer agreed to pay $10,000 in bail and has been barred from social media, where she frequently shared posts showing off her ostensibly lavish lifestyle for the benefit of her friends and potential investors.
According to The Daily Beast, she will be subject to “24-hour confinement at the provided residential address for the duration of her immigration proceedings” because she faces deportation for overstaying her visa.
One of the conditions of Anna’s release is that she refrain from using social media. And she hasn’t posted on Instagram in four days.
She shared a photo of herself drinking Champagne in a tub shortly after being released from prison for the first time. It’s also worth noting that she’s friends with Julia Fox.
In an interview with ABC News, Anna stated that she never claimed to be wealthy and that she was “trying” to repay people before being arrested in 2017. “I’d like to show the world that I’m not this stupid, greedy person that they painted me as,” she explained.
Anna sold the rights to her story to Netflix and Shonda Rimes, who turned it into the movie Inventing Anna. According to ABC News, she had to first repay her victims because New York state law prohibits criminals from profiting from their crimes.
Anna recently wrote an article for Insider in which she expresses her displeasure with the fact that she is still detained by ICE.
“While I was in prison, I paid off the restitution from my criminal case in full to the banks from which I borrowed money,” she explained. “I also accomplished more in the six weeks they deemed adequate for my release than some people have in the previous two years.”
“My visa overstay was unintentional and largely uncontrollable.” “I served my sentence in prison, but I’m appealing my criminal conviction to clear my name,” she added. “I did not violate any of New York State’s or ICE’s parole rules. Despite this, I have yet to be provided with a clear and equitable path to compliance. Did I mention I ‘m the only woman in ICE custody in this whole jail? Tell me I ‘m special without telling me I ‘m special.”