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Famed con artist Anna Sorokin has a message for her more overzealous fans: no more unannounced prison visits.
Sorokin, 29, is currently incarcerated in a New York prison, where she is serving out the four-to-12-year sentence that she was handed last summer after being convicted of charges related to the time she spent masquerading as a German heiress in New York City and conning people out of money. Her story made headlines after Vanity Fair editor Rachel Williams, who said she was one of Sorokin’s victims, wrote a bombshell article about the experience. Sorokin’s scams are the basis of an upcoming Netflix series, but her notoriety apparently comes with a cost: unwanted visitors, as she explained in a recent social media post.
Writing, presumably, from prison, Sorokin took to Instagram on Monday to share her new no-visits policy.
“Thanks for all the letters and words of support — I appreciate it,” she began. “But please do not show up here to visit me unannounced. I am not making the same mistake of not checking the visitor’s identity again, and I won’t be accepting visits from names I don’t recognize. So the days of hoping to catch me slipping are over, and all you’re achieving by coming here is wasting your time and interfering with my sleeping schedule.”
She explained she is keeping busy while in prison.
“I’m kind of busy, and showing up here at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning/New Year’s Day/any day is not the way!” she continued. She went on to apparently dispel any rumors about how she may have changed in prison, writing, “No, I haven’t gotten fat or shaved my head, and no, I’m not lonely or in dire need of your company.”
Sorokin, who is also known as Anna Delvey, lived the socialite life in New York City for years while posing as an heiress from Germany before she was exposed as a con artist who’d managed to swindle thousands of dollars from friends and hundreds of thousands of dollars from various businesses. Sorokin was arrested in 2017 and was convicted in May 2019 of numerous counts of grand larceny and theft of services, the Associated Press reports.
While Sorokin’s misdeeds are set to become a Netflix series helmed by “Grey’s Anatomy” producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, she may not be able to reap any financial gain from her increased notoriety. The state Attorney General’s Office asked a judge last year to prevent Sorokin from receiving payments from the series, citing the “Son of Sam Law,” which bars criminals from turning a profit from the crimes they committed, The New York Post reports. Prosecutors are asking for the money to go to her victims instead.
Sorokin is incarcerated at the Albion Correctional Facility and is expected to be released in February, having been granted an early parole due to good behavior, The Post reports.
“Anna has paid her debt to society handsomely, and I hope society repays the favor,” her attorney, Todd Spodek, said.
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