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Manish Saini
Manish works as a Journalist and writer at Revyuh.com. He has studied Political Science and graduated from Delhi University. He is a Political engineer, fascinated by politics, and traditional businesses. He is also attached to many NGO's in the country and helping poor children to get the basic education. Email: Manish (at) revyuh (dot) com

Russian woman Anna Sorokina posed in New York as the heiress of a German multimillionaire and socialite, but turned out to be a fraud and ended up in prison.

Glamorous life, expensive restaurants, branded clothing, the best hotels … this is how a young girl who calls herself Anna Delvey lived. Well, how else to live for the heiress of a German millionaire and a socialite with a bill of 60 million euros.

It just turned out that Delvey is the daughter of migrants from Russia Anna Sorkina, who had no millions even close, but only impressive debts. The swindler went to prison, spent three years there, and now she is released as a star – the Netflix series will shoot about her life.

Lies for money

Sorokina arrived in New York in 2016 and smoothly blended into a glamorous get-together, where she successfully passed herself off as the daughter of a German oil tycoon, diplomat, or just a rich man. Sorokina claimed that her inheritance is 60 million euros, aprox $ 73 million and is in a trust fund created in Europe in her name. According to the prosecution, she also used fake financial documents to support her story.

In fact, her father, according to media reports, first worked in Germany as a truck driver, and then started a small company to maintain heating and cooling equipment.

Sorokina received an offer (loan) in the New York City National Bank for $100 thousand, and in total, she appropriated money and services for more than 200 thousand.

After receiving 100 thousand, the girl spent $55 thousand within a month on living in a luxurious 11 Howard hotel, designer clothes, classes with a personal trainer and electronics.

One of the witnesses said that Sorokina asked her to book a hotel room in Marrakech worth $ 7,000 per night with a pool and a personal servant. Sorokina was supposed to pay for all this, but her credit card did not work when she was checked out. As a result, the costs had to be covered by the witness herself – a total of about $62,000 over six days.

“She had an extraordinary tendency to convince everyone to pay for her luxurious lifestyle, and somehow she herself somehow managed to avoid paying the huge hotel bills,” recalls New York DJ El Dee, who met Sorokina in 2014.

The series saved

Sorokina paid $ 199,000 in compensation to the victims and $ 24,000 in court fines. According to media reports, she got money after the streaming service Netflix paid her $ 320,000 for the right to direct a series based on her story.

Netflix announced the purchase of the rights to film the story of Sorokina in 2018. The series was written by Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The role of Sorokina was played by actress Julia Garner from the Ozark series. Filming was delayed due to the pandemic and ended only recently. 

The series is slated to air before the end of the year. The HBO channel is also working on a project on the history of Sorokina, together with the creator of the Girls series, Lina Dunham. In addition, in 2019, a podcast about Sorokina’s life was released on the BBC.

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