Fake heiress Anna Sorokin told a parole board she is 'really ashamed' and 'sorry' for her theft scheme, report says
- Anna Sorokin, the scammer who posed as a German heiress named
Anna Delveyto swindle banks into loaning her money, apologized for the first time.
- In May 2019, Sorokin was sentenced to prison for four to 12 years. A day after receiving her sentence, she told the New York Times: "The thing is, I'm not sorry. I'd be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything."
- A report from the New York Post published on Friday states that during a hearing with a parole board on October 6, Sorokin appeared to express remorse.
- "I just want to say that I'm really ashamed and I'm really sorry for what I did. I completely understand that a lot of people suffered when I thought I was not doing anything wrong," Sorokin said, according to a transcript of the hearing cited by the New York Post.
- The New York Post reported that Sorokin was granted an early release from prison for "good behavior" and is expected to be released in mid-February 2021.
Sorokin used her fake social status to convince banks into loaning her money and was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison in May 2019 on a number of charges related to her scams.Under her alias "Delvey," Sorokin tricked hotels, businesses, financial institutions, and friends out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and led them to believe she had a fortune of about $67 million, the AP previously reported.
"I just want to say that I'm really ashamed and I'm really sorry for what I did. I completely understand that a lot of people suffered when I thought I was not doing anything wrong," Sorokin said, according to a transcript of the hearing cited by the New York Post.The New York Post reported that Sorokin's apology was a response to Commissioner Marc Coppola, who, during the October hearing, told her that a statement she made during an interview with The New York Times a day after she was sentenced to prison in 2019 came across as "flippant."
Sorkin's apology appeared to be an about-face from previous statements she reportedly made after her 2019 sentencing."The thing is, I'm not sorry," Sorokin had told The New York Times. "I'd be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything. I regret the way I went about certain things." In her October parole hearing, per the New York Post, Sorokin said that her quote published in The New York Times was taken "out of context."
"I think what she asked me was if I regretted anything and my response was I didn't regret anything at the time," Sorokin said in October, according to the transcript cited by the New York Post. "She just completely took me out of context."
The New York Post reported that Sorokin was granted an early release from prison for "good behavior" and is expected to be released in mid-February 2021.Sorokin, who has posted several times from prison on her Instagram account @theannadelvey, shared a clip from "Legally Blonde" with the caption "Parole" on October 10. Sorokin previously wrote in an Instagram post that she wanted people to stop visiting her at her prison, New York's Albion Correctional Facility.
Todd Spodek, Sorokin's attorney, did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment regarding Sorokin's parole status.
According to Sorokin's Instagram account, she appears to be writing a digital diary on a website titled "Anna Delvey Diaries."Netflix bought the rights to turn Sorokin's story into a project produced by Shonda Rhimes, Insider's Jacob Shamsian first reported in April 2019. The forthcoming series, "Inventing Anna," will feature Julia Garner as Delvey.
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