What is Anna Sorokin's net worth? German fraudster who faked identity as Anna Delvey grabs $320,000 Netflix deal
Netflix paid Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, $320,000 for her life story to be adapted for a new Shonda Rhimes show 'Inventing Anna' starring Julia Garner.
Anna Sorokin created the fictitious identity of Anna Delvey, where she pretended to be a wealthy German heiress. Her story caught a lot of media attention, and now Netflix has reportedly paid her a whopping $320,000 for turning her life-story into a Netflix’s original TV series. Reportedly, Sorokin has spent half of the received sum in restitution to the banks she scammed in the past.
Who is Anna Sorokin?
Sorkin, 30, is a Russian-born fraudster who first gained international attention when it was revealed how the socialite pretended to have over $80 million in trust funds to scam banks, financial institutions, hotels and friends. Sorkin moved to New York City in 2013 and created the fictitious identity of Anna Delvey. She told her new friends from NYC and acquaintances that she had over $80 million in 2013 held in overseas banks and would cover her lavish hotel stays and lifestyles. She became known for staying in the trendiest NYC hotels, eating at award-winning restaurants, and regularly visiting spas.
As reported by several media outlets, Sorokin’s family story changed on multiple occasions. Her father’s work profile changed from being a diplomat to becoming a solar panel magnate. Sorokin would get her friends to pay for the trips they took together, claiming she had checked her wallet with her luggage or guilting the friends into covering the cost, while claiming that her credit card would be declined at a particular place.
Anna Sorokin’s arrest
After frauding several noted friends and personalities from New York City, Sorokin was arrested in 2017 on six charges of grand larceny. As per the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the thefts totaled $275,000. She appeared in the criminal court in December 2018, where she rejected a plea deal that would deport her back to Germany. She decided to go to trial, where her defense attorney compared her to Frank Sinatra during her trial proceedings, claiming that Sorokin is an entrepreneur who created her own opportunity in New York. In April 2019, a jury found Sorokin guilty of second-degree larceny, theft of services, and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny. In May 2019, Sorokin was given a sentence of 4 to 12 years in state prison and was fined $24,000 and ordered to pay restitution of about $199,000.
Netflix deal and net worth:
Sorokin’s case has caught a lot of media attention following her arrest. New York magazine even wrote one profile citing her life, business dealings and subsequent arrest. It was revealed in 2018 that Shonda Rhimes acquired the rights to Sorokin’s profile and will develop a Netflix series ‘Inventing Anna’, starring Julia Garner in the lead.
For the deal, Netflix has reportedly paid Sorokin $320,000, out of which she used $199,000 to pay restitution to the banks, plus $24,000 in her state fines. New York State has also invoked its ‘Son of Sam’ law, which has prevented her from profiting from her crimes. If one considers that all her funds were frozen by the New York State, then after getting paid for the Netflix deal, Sorokin allegedly only has $97,000. Reportedly, she has already agreed to pay $70,000 to Citibank and $100,000 to City National Bank.