Anna Sorokin, a woman who once pretended to be a rich german heiress named Anna Delvey to defraud friends and banks with tens of thousands of dollars, released from prison.
After serving nearly four years, she was paroled Thursday from the Albion Correctional Facility in upstate New York, according to Department of Corrections records.
In April 2019, Sorokin, 30, was found guilty by a Manhattan jury of four counts of service theft, three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. She was acquitted of robbery and attempted robbery, according to the Associated Press.
A month later, New York judge Diane Kiesel sentenced Sorokin to four to twelve years in prison, saying she was “stunned by the depth of the accused’s deception.”
Prosecutors said Sorokin convinced friends and businesses to give her money to fund her lavish lifestyle by falsely claiming that her father was a diplomat or an oil lord, and that she had a fortune. of more than 60 million dollars abroad.
In one case, she promised a friend an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco, but left her boyfriend with the bill for $ 62,000, prosecutors said. Another time, Sorokin persuaded a bank to lend him $ 100,000, which she never paid back.
Sorokin was also accused of forging financial documents in an attempt to secure a $ 22 million loan for a private arts club she wanted to open.
Sorokin’s lies allowed her to steal about $ 275,000, including a $ 35,400 ticket for a flight she chartered to and from Nebraska, prosecutors said.
Before being sentenced, Sorokin addressed the court saying, “I apologize for the mistakes I made.”
Last month, Sorokin paid restitution to her victims using $ 320,000 she received from Netflix, which acquired the rights to adapt her life story into a limited series, the Initiated reported.
As a German citizen, Sorokin faces deportation to her home country after authorities say she exceeded her visa.