Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin maintains stoic silence after release from prison to begin house arrest
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin had little to say when asked about her first day under house arrest on Saturday, September 8, in Manhattan. The 31-year-old was the subject of the hit Netflix series 'Inventing Anna'.
The 31-year-old con artist, who scammed the creme de la creme of New York City claiming she was a German heiress named Anna Delvey, was released from Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen on Friday, October 7. Sorokin refused to open her door when she was approached by the media for an interview at the East Village walkup where she is now living.
“Oh my God, how did you get here?” Sorokin exclaimed on seeing the media outside her door, as per The NY Post. “Not a good time now, maybe later,” the 31-year-said, adding, “Please leave me alone.”
Sorokin, who had an ankle monitor, has to spend 24 hours under house arrest. She was captured arriving by a German film crew on Friday. Sorokin's residence had just two chairs and a coffee table in the living area, which appeared to be setup for an interview. The rent for the one-bedroom apartment is around $4,250, according to an online listing. The five-story building is currently undergoing renovation. The owner of the building was slapped with a violation notice in September for working without an official permit.
On Saturday, Sorokin was seen posing from the balcony and rooftop of her new East Village apartment. She leaned out of her apartment window wearing her trademark thick-rimmed glasses and a black, hooded sweater.
After using a fake profile and scamming socialites, Sorokin was first arrested back in 2017 on larceny charges and Rikers Island to await trial. Then in 2019, she was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after being convicted of financial crimes including grand larceny and stealing a private jet. She was then sent to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March 2021 for allegedly overstaying her visa.
She spent the next 18 months behind bars after a judge determined that she was unrepentant. On Wednesday, October 5, Judge Charles Conroy ruled that Sorokin was not a threat to society until she wears an ankle monitor and aloowed her out on a $10,000 bond after she met all the conditions for her release. As a part of her house arrest, she is prohibited from using social media.
However, the scammer's current neighbors didn’t seem to mind her presence in the building. “She wasn’t hateful or murderous. She wasn’t scary. I’m definitely opposed to white-collar crime. They should be prosecuted as much as any other, but there is something about her that is sympathetic,” Abbe Hill, a neighbor, said as per The NY Post. “She stole some money. I didn’t see a problem. I thought it was cool, whatever,” Hill's 17-year-old daughter Be said, adding that she wanted to know how Sorokin did it.