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'You Don't Really Have To Do Anything': Anna Sorokin Claims She Had 'Jail Assistant'

Anna Sorokin, a.k.a. Anna Delvey, found ways behind bars to avoid doing menial tasks like laundry, she told the podcast "Call Your Daddy."

By Gina Tron
Anna Sorokin Talks Life In Prison In New Interview

Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress at the heart of “Inventing Anna,” claims she had a “jail assistant” while behind bars.

She said that the assistant helps her "buying tablets" and "phone minutes" from others behind bars so she can communicate with the outside world.

While there had been rumors that Sorokin was deported this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency clarified that she is still in their custody. ICE told Oxygen.com on Thursday over email that she “remains in ICE custody pending removal.” 

The 31-year-old Russian-born German — who served four years after masquerading as an heiress named Anna Delvey between 2013 and 2017 — gave even more insight into her time behind bars on a Wednesday episode of the "Call Her Daddy" podcast. She told the podcast’s host Alex Cooper that she paid someone at Rikers Island jail (where she spent two years before her conviction) to do her laundry for her; the alternative would have been her hand washing her own clothing.

Anna Sorokin

"If you have money, you don't really have to do anything," she said, adding that you can "just pay somebody to do it." 

She added that "they [other inmates] actually think I'm, like, super rich.” 

Sorokin also noted that, during her time behind bars, she found the murderers to be the most interesting because they seem so normal.

“They are just like you and me,” she told Cooper.

She denied being a con artist and said she may legally change her last name to Delvey once she is out of custody.

“I never, like, told any senseless lies. Unless they were, like, a bank,” she said, adding that she "never intended to permanently harm anybody" through her actions.

Sorokin solicited $275,000 from friends, banks and businesses for what she has always maintained that was a legitimate business plan for her project, the Anna Delvey Foundation. Her lawyer has stated that she was merely trying to "fake it til she made it" in the difficult career waters of New York City.

She was convicted in 2019 of eight charges, including grand larceny and theft. She was released from prison last February but was detained six weeks later by ICE for overstaying her visa. She, along with other detainees, filed a class-action lawsuit against ICE earlier this month for allegedly neglecting to protect her from COVID-19.

Sorokin is the subject of Netflix’s recent dramatized series “Inventing Anna,” which stars Julia Garner.

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