The heiress of scammer Anna “Delvey” Sorokin revealed that people want to adopt or marry her – and that other inmates have told her she “wasn’t such a good criminal” – while explaining how she defrauded countless New Yorkers.
In a new episode of the “Call Her Daddy” podcast released Wednesday, Sorokin – recorded by the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, NY, where she is held by ICE – laughed at insisting that she had never “criminally harmed” anyone. .
“Absolutely not,” Sorokin told host Alexandra Cooper when asked if she considered herself a scam artist. “I never had the criminal intention to harm anyone, you know that.
“I literally can’t find a single example where I say, ‘Let me fuck this person and they’ll never see their money again,'” he insisted.
Sorokin pretended to be a Russian heiress with a $ 67 million trust fund while staying in some of the city’s finest hotels and taking out fraudulent loans worth thousands of dollars after moving to the city in 2013.
This, he said, wasn’t a big deal, because “60 million is on the edge of the poor in New York … There are so many rich people that you can’t impress anyone.”
She recounted how she would dress to visit banks, to give off a “‘I don’t give a fuck'” vibe. The 31-year-old she said it was easier to ask for cash if people believed you already had a fortune.
The video interview was recorded on March 7 and shows Sorokin – who remains in ICE custody despite an attempt to deport her to Germany on Monday – in a yellow prison suit and her signature Celine glasses.
Even behind bars, Sorokin said, he used another inmate as an assistant to load his iPad and sort mail; while he was in Rikers, he paid to have his laundry done by hand. He added: “I have people who want to adopt me. I don’t have, like, no hater! “
Sorokin, who moved from Russia to Germany with her family as a teenager, described a childhood in which she was obsessed with MTV, saying she was determined to move to New York after becoming a fan of Kelly Cutrone, the daring fashion publicist who appeared in reality TV. “The City”, “Kell on Earth” and “The Hills”.
Sorokin said she wanted to be a fashion publicist or work in magazines.
“As a child, I always wanted to be stylish, definitely,” she told Cooper. “I just hated being told what to do.
“I was just allergic to authority, to rules, especially when I thought they were unreasonable. I hated to explain ”.
He saw money as a way out: “To have the freedom that comes with it [money]. I just wanted to do what I wanted. Travel, go places and do things. If you ask parents for money, then you need their permission, but if you have your own, go and do whatever you want. Money has always represented freedom for me, not just for the sake of money. “
In April 2019, Sorokin – whose story inspired the hit Netflix series “Inventing Anna” – was convicted of four counts of service theft, three for aggravated theft and one for attempted theft. She was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but released in February 2021 for good behavior.
Weeks later, on March 25, 2021, she was taken into ICE custody for delaying her visa.
Sorokin said he couldn’t believe the way the authorities tried to shoot her down. “My goal has never been to escape or not get caught. I hear people in prison saying, “You’re not that good as a criminal.” I’ve never tried to be like this. I never hid from the police. I thought about going back to New York, I thought I’d sort it out with my lawyer. I didn’t know they would be so violent about it. “
Sorokin declined to answer questions about whether he had tricked people into believing it came from the money.
“Did you ever tell people you were a German heiress?” Cooper asked, to which she replied, “What kind of prize is that. It’s completely ridiculous. “
When asked what else he lied besides his name, Sorokin said he only lied to banks.
“I believe I have [lie]. I cannot say an exact instance. But I’m sure I’ve never told nonsense lies… unless they were like a bank, ”she said, giggling.
She said her much-derided accent is genuine, even if she’s not a fan of the accent used by actress Julia Garner in “Inventing Anna”.
Sorokin added that she became popular in prison and befriended the killers and received “more marriage proposals than I ever had before the start of my criminal career.”
As for her plans for when it will finally be released, Sorokin told the podcast host that she will undergo laser eye surgery, noting that her designer glasses aren’t just a fashion accessory and that she’s “half blind “.
He also knows that people remain interested in his story.
“I feel my case being thrown in my face every day. You know for some people, they commit a crime and go to jail and they are just out… It will never be like this for me – it will always follow me somehow, ”Sorokin told Cooper.
“I’m so afraid that I like some kind of bullshit again and [have] everyone says, ‘She was always a scammer and we knew it.’ “
Although he wants to stay in the United States, Sorokin added that he doesn’t belong anywhere. “I think I’ve always tried to keep an open mind, or maybe it’s because I’ve moved so much. I don’t feel like I’m nowhere, I feel like I don’t belong anywhere.
“But not in a bad way … Wouldn’t it be sad when you spend your whole life in one place?”