Anna Sorokin: I didn’t steal any money from friends, I got acquitted of that

As I covered recently, Anna (Delvey) Sorokin is out of jail/detention. She is on house arrest, accessorized with an ankle monitor. And in a far cry from the luxurious accommodations from her scam days, she is ensconced in an East Village walkup. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Anna’s first interview upon her release was with The New York Times and now she’s sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper to talk about her crimes, her state of mind, and what’s next for her. Jake definitely presses her on tough questions and Anna is ridiculous with most of her non-answers.

Fake German heiress Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin said she wants a ‘second chance’ to stay in the US so she can ‘change the narrative’ of her elaborate cons after spending 18 months in prison.

Sorokin, 31, was put under house arrest on Friday after 18 months in ICE custody. The judge ruled she was not a danger to the public as she posted $10,000 bond.

‘I feel like I deserve a second chance, it was my mistake that I made and I served my time and I feel like I should deserve a second opportunity,’ she said in a CNN interview on Tuesday from her East Village apartment in New York City.

The interview also gave a look inside Sorokin’s apartment, which featured a piece of art depicting a mock newspaper called ‘The Delvey Crimes.’

Sorokin faces deportation to Germany after completing her criminal sentence in February 2021 – for convictions of grand larceny and thefts totaling $275,000, including stealing at least one flight on a private jet.

‘I feel like if I were to leave and say “oh whatever I’m just going to move on and like move to Europe” I would be like accepting the labels that they are trying to slap on me,’ she said of her potential deportation.

Sorokin was seen sporting an ankle monitor, as she is not officially out of ICE custody.

The Russian-born fraudster is also prohibited from using social media, but says she still feels she is ‘getting a second chance to fix my mistakes.’

She claimed that the media have portrayed her in an unfair way, and that portrayal led to her prosecution in 2019.

‘They kind of created this idea of me and I’m just being left to deal with it,’ she said. ‘I’m trying to not glamorize my crimes and not lead anybody to believe that’s the way to get famous.’

Sorokin said she ‘suffered a lot’ as a result of the bad media, but also said ‘I’m not going to go on TV and cry.’

When pressed about her regrets over her scams, Sorokin admitted she ‘definitely did’ take advantage of people.

‘I was younger and I learned from my mistakes,’ she said.

But she also said her crimes would not be so famous if they were done in a different country, implying Americans have a liking for famous fraudsters.

‘I was thinking if I were to be prosecuted in Germany, I don’t think people would really care,’ she said.

Sorokin was spotted on the way to her first parole hearing on Tuesday, as she continues to face deportation proceedings.

[From The Daily Mail]

First of all, that’s a hideous blouse. Second of all, her accent. It’s not as pronounced as what Julia Garner was doing in the series, and Jake mentions that and Anna explains it away as fading due to her time stateside, but it’s still unmistakable. This was my first time ever seeing the real Anna speak on video at length. And is it me, or have her scam skills atrophied while she was in prison? It seemed like Anna was going for a coquettish thing that didn’t really work at some points. But it was also very apparent when she was lying — she couldn’t look Jake in the eye and she kept looking down or to the side. Maybe it was part of a ploy, but probably not because the questions where her answers were clearly lies were the ones about whether or not she felt sorry about what she’d done. Anna said she was sorry, but she’s clearly not, and I can’t see why she would want the perception that she’s not sorry out there so I’m just left with the impression that she’s not as good of a liar as I’d expect a scammer to be.

I did find it hilariously sniffy and entitled that she was so adamant about the distinction between stealing from friends and financial institutions. And keeps saying she was young, as if that were an excuse. And I continue to find it infuriating that she was able to just nope out of deportation. But I will admit she does make a good point about the too similar detention and deportation treatment between those who simply overstay their visas and those who commit violent crimes. If only she’d taken it a step further and noted the disparate treatment of those who just don’t want to go back to Europe so they can continue to be notorious in the US.

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  1. Heather says:

    She’s a master manipulator, narcissist and IMO, a dangerous person. I know there’s plenty of people who don’t pay attention and will be duped by this chick again. Just a matter of time.

  2. Lolo86lf says:

    I don’t get it. When a black woman was convicted of voter fraud, she was sent to jail for 5 years. Miss Sorokin defrauded banks and people for a lot of money and she gets 18 months in a minimum security jail and then house arrest! How is this fair? What’s next for her, a Netflix movie deal and a book? BTW that blouse is fugly.

  3. Izzy says:

    Why hasn’t this grifting ahole been deported yet?

    • pottymouth pup says:

      I bet if she wasn’t white she’d have had a longer sentence and then been deported post-haste

  4. SarahCS says:

    How did she get $10,000 for a bond? I don’t know the US system so is that an amount you can lay your hands on in cash or can you do it a different way? Given that she claims she doesn’t want to leave I guess she’s not an international flight risk.

    Her answers are terrible, sheer entitlement isn’t a crime but taking money that’s not your own is!

    • It Really Is You, Not Me says:

      A bailbonndperson will usually put up the rest of the bond amount in exchange for a 10% fee that they keep. As long as the person shows up at court, the entire $10,000 is refunded and that is how the bailbondperson gets their money back.

    • Justpassingby says:

      How did she get money to pay for an East Village walk-up appartement? These run for at least $4-5k a month, plus you need a security deposit, a guarantor, etc.

      • booboocita says:

        I’m assuming there’s a wealthy supporter in her life who wishes to remain anonymous (for now, anyways), but who’s willing to pay for everything: the walk-up, the artwork, the clothes, etc. The Netflix series made clear that she has a tremendous ability to hook people with promises of friendship or even notoriety.

        There’s no way she could afford anything at all otherwise. Her legal costs alone would have bankrupted many truly affluent people. Grifters gonna grift …

  5. L84Tea says:

    She’s so desperately clinging to her 15 minutes of fame and trying to turn it into 30. I wish everyone and all media outlets would ignore her and not give her a platform. She needs to be sent back to Europe. She is a dangerous sociopath and has zero remorse for what she did.

    • elle says:

      100% agree.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That’s it exactly. There was no good reason for her to get a TV interview. I hadn’t heard her speak before, she seemed so smug & entitled. Zero remorse. Deport her already! And yes, that is one ugly blouse.

  6. nikomikael says:

    Why is she even sorry, shes an icon ! Dont hate the player, hate the game haha

  7. Miss Jupitero says:

    A walk up on the lower east side? That’s expensive real estate. How is she swinging this?

  8. Katherine says:

    She’s right, in Europe nobody would care about this, and here she gets Jake Tapper, and he’s so into this, I cannot believe it, honestly. She isn’t even that good, just bold. In the show she was presented as a much better actress. Here she’s just repeating a few talking points that were manufactured (and pretty well, to be honest) for the US audience, like an average US celebrity who found themselves in a scandal and trying to rehab their image. And she isn’t even good at weaving those points in, doesn’t relay the right emotions to make it more sympathetic. Probably cultural differences but also lack of acting skill. I’m bad at discerning accents, but hers seems very subtle, I don’t know why they exaggerated it so much on the show.

  9. jferber says:

    Her comment, “I didn’t steal any money from my friends, I got acquitted of that” is not the flex she thinks it is. Yet, somehow, that is such an amazing line.

  10. Emme says:

    Please! Let’s not with the fraud, or grift, or manipulation, let’s call a spade a shovel. She’s a thief and a liar.

  11. CelieRising says:

    Why??? Why doesn’t the media let this trick fade to black? Why with all that’s going on, is this egit continually given fuel? Let her gooo!