Anna Sorokin says she's not sorry for ripping off nearly $200,000 from New York's richest
Sorokin took up the name of Anna Delvey and pretended to be the heir to a 60-million-euro fortune, ripping off nearly $200,000 from banks, hotels and a private jet company.
Anna Sorokin - the fake German heiress who swindled tens of thousands of dollars from banks and hotels to fund her lavish lifestyle - is finally preparing to spend upto 12 years in prison. But she admits she is neither sorry nor would she hesitate from doing it all over again, if she got the chance.
"The thing is, I'm not sorry," Sorokin shared with The New York Times, in what happens to be her first interview ever since she got sentenced on Thursday, May 9.
"I'd be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything," she said before adding: "I regret the way I went about certain things." When asked if - given the chance - she would willingly go through it all over again, the 28-year-old laughed and said: "Yes, probably so."
Sorokin took up the name of Anna Delvey and pretended to be the heir to a 60-million-euro fortune and ended up ripping off nearly $200,000 from banks, hotels and a private jet company. Going overboard with it, she even tried lying to obtain a $25 million loan from a hedge fund. However, she has also stated in the Times interview that her intention wasn't to swindle anybody; in fact, she was planning to pay back her creditors.
"My motive was never money," she said, explaining that her aim was to fun her dream of launching a $40 million private club called the Anna Delvey Foundation. "I was power hungry," she confessed, adding: "I'm not a good person."
As of now, Sorokin is trying to adapt herself to her current situation at Rikers - a whole different kind of exclusive club from the one she dreamt of building someday. She is reportedly writing a memoir right now about her time at the top of the Manhattan social ladder, which is said to be followed by a second book, documenting her time in prison.
After she gets released from prison, Sorokin is most likely to be deported to Germany, where she was raised after being born in Russia. She has shared that from there, she hopes to move to London and launch her own investment fund.
Sorokin made severe fashion choices to play with her own image for the tabloids, during her trial, as she showed up in stylish outfits and looked chic with her signature thick-rimmed glasses. Following her sentencing, she pressed her hand to her face and broke down in tears. Judge Diane Kiesel said Sorokin had been "blinded by the glitter and glamour of New York City" - which made her turn to fraud to afford her dream lifestyle.
There are already two productions that have been greenlit to document Sorokin's scandalous reign in the New York social ladder; one of them is a Netflix series produced by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, while the other one is an HBO series by Lena Dunham.
Not surprising, considering she hired a stylist for her courtroom appearances. One of those said stylists said that the reason behind such strictness was that it might reflect on how she's portrayed on the Netflix and HBO series, reports Daily Mail.