“Fake heir” Anna Sorokin claims her prison guards treated her like a celebrity – and she hired the right proofreaders to help her find a comfortable fitness job behind bars, according to a new interview.
Sorokin, 29, was released from Albion Correctional Facility on Thursday for good behavior after being sentenced to four to twelve years in prison in 2019 for theft and theft of service convictions.
The would-be celebrity, who pretended to be the scion of a wealthy European family in order to defraud banks, businesses and friends, had attempted to get a $ 22 million ($ 28 million) bank loan to run an arts club in Manhattan.
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In her first published interview since she was released from prison, she told insiders that the system in prison is not that different.
“It’s about who you know,” she said, wearing a $ 720 ($ 925) Balenciaga hoodie from a hotel room during a Zoom interview.
“It’s a bit like New York, but reinforced. Because if you know the right officers, they will get you the right job. And so I had a job in a gym because I only wanted to work out when no one else would go. And they give it to me. “
She called her performance a “scam” which amounted to about 15 minutes of real work.
When asked if she had celebrity status in the slammer, she replied, “Absolutely.” She said she became so famous that every single proofreader knew who she was – and that wasn’t always to her advantage.
“I think some of them came from a place where they wanted to fuck me,” she told Insider. “One of the sergeants said, ‘Well who would you think you are? I had Amy Fisher. ‘”
Sorokin laughed and said she was not trying to compete with the ‘Long Island Lolita’ who spent time in Albion after shooting and seriously injuring her lover’s wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
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However, most of the reactions from the correction officers are positive.
“A lot of them were just very inappropriate, very unprofessional,” she told the outlet. “Like, ‘Oh my god, I love your story. I follow you on Instagram. ‘”
Many misguided young women arriving in Albion were walking a dark path, she said. “So many people go to jail and just start using drugs,” noted Sorokin. “I’ve never seen so many drugs in New York as in prison.”
Sorokin, who has again used her pen name Anna Delvey, was notoriously unrepentant for her crimes and once said to a reporter that she believed, “I would lie to you and everyone else and myself if I said I was sorry . “
That changed, however, in October when she stood before the parole board and apologized profusely.
“I just want to say that I am really ashamed and really sorry for what I did,” said the minutes of the October 6th hearing.
Their regrets didn’t last. “I think regret is just a useless feeling,” she told Insider. “It would be an enormous waste of time.”
On Sunday, Sorokin was spotted leaving the 5-star NoMad hotel before heading to a Manhattan Sephora – while being followed by a cameraman.
She received at least $ 320,000 ($ 411,000) from Netflix for the rights to her life story for a series produced by Shonda Rimes. She has paid back $ 200,000 ($ 257,000) in restitution and plans to write a book.
In a statement, the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told the New York Post that Sorokin was being treated like other inmates.
“All detainees are treated equally regardless of their sentence, with the program committee assigning appropriate programs or assignments,” said spokesman Thomas Mailey.
Her attorney, Todd Spodek, declined to comment.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission