Imprisoned 'fake heiress' Anna Sorokina says crime DOES pay off after being handed $320,000 from Netflix

Imprisoned ‘fake heiress’ Anna Sorokina says crime DOES pay off after being handed $320,000 from Netflix

Imprisoned ‘fake heiress’ Anna Sorokina revealed she used the $320,000 she was paid by Netflix to adapt her story about restitution and legal fees.

Sorokina, 31, says she gave her victims $198,000 of cash for “consulting” on the drama series Inventing Anna for fines, and spent the remainder on attorneys’ fees seconds after she told the New York Times that the crime really paid off.

She spent two years behind bars for fraud, was released in February 2021, then re-arrested and imprisoned six weeks later for an expired visa.

The Russian-born Sorokina, who also opened up about her friendship with Kanye West’s latest ex-girlfriend Julia Fox, was arrested in 2017 after robbing banks and not paying her hotel bills in Manhattan.

In 2019, she was convicted on eight counts and sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison; she was released in February 2021. After being arrested by ICE, she was sent to a prison in New York and is currently in the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen.

The Netflix show about her life, Inventing Anna, was released on Friday and is currently the most watched show in the US.

Anna Sorokina was spotted in April 2019 in court in Manhattan on charges of grand larceny and theft.

Anna Sorokina was spotted in April 2019 in court in Manhattan on charges of grand larceny and theft.

Sorokina is present at sentencing in April 2019, when the judge ruled that she should serve four to 12 years in a state prison.  She served two terms and was released in February 2021, but was re-imprisoned by ICE six weeks later.

Sorokina is present at sentencing in April 2019, when the judge ruled that she should serve four to 12 years in a state prison. She served two terms and was released in February 2021, but was re-imprisoned by ICE six weeks later.

Sorokina, who claimed to be a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund, told The New York Times that the crimes do pay off because Netflix paid her $320,000 for the rights to her story.  She said the money went towards restitution and her legal fees.

Sorokina, who claimed to be a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund, told The New York Times that the crimes do pay off because Netflix paid her $320,000 for the rights to her story. She said the money went towards restitution and her legal fees.

Sorokin, who swindled people out of $200,000 by claiming she was a German heiress, was asked on Monday about her $320,000 fee for the show.

“To refer to that BBC interview where they asked me ‘Does crime pay?’ I couldn’t honestly say no to my situation because I was getting paid,” she told The New York Times.

Inventing Anna came out on Friday.

Inventing Anna came out on Friday.

“For me, saying no would be just denying the obvious. I didn’t say that crimes are paid at all.

Sorokina hesitated when asked if she regretted her financial fraud and lies, saying only that she regretted how she was seen.

“I’m sorry about how my case is perceived. And I’m sorry that I resorted to these actions, which, according to people, I am now glorifying, ”she said, adding that she felt sorry for herself.

“I regret the choice I made. Definitely, I don’t think the world would be a better place if people just tried to be like me.”

She added: “Looking back, I would have changed a lot, but that’s not how life works. So I just draw on my experience and learn from it.”

Sorokina said that being in prison gave her a different outlook on life.

“I feel like I’ve changed a lot just because I met a lot of people and just saw other people’s lifestyle,” she said.

“Despite the fact that I thought I had traveled a lot and lived in Europe and lived in the States and lived in different countries, I was so protected.

“After being in prison and going through the criminal justice system, I faced a completely different person, and my previous problems seem just ridiculous.”

Julia Garner plays Sorokin in a scene from the new Netflix series.

Julia Garner plays Sorokin in a scene from the new Netflix series.

Imprisoned 'fake heiress' Anna Sorokina says crime DOES pay off after being handed 0,000 from Netflix

“Inventing Anna” (pictured) tells the story of Sorokin’s fashionable, fraudulent life. Julia Garner as Sorokina

Sorokin, who lived an elite life pretending to be a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund, said she now reads and tries to help others with their immigration cases.

And she said she thought the prison didn’t work.

“I don’t think it’s such a controversial or radical thought: this prison is actually a waste of time and inefficient,” she said.

“Between my arrest and my release, the first officials to ask me any questions about my crime was the parole board.

“There are programs for drug addicts and sex offenders and programs for violent inmates. But there is absolutely nothing for financial crimes. I took the culinary arts program. That should say something about this system.

Sorokin added: “I have not heard of a single successful case where someone was arrested and found a good free immigration lawyer while in jail. The system is predatory: you are doomed to failure.”

While she’s fighting deportation, Sorokina has been working with Fox on “something”.

Julia Fox with Kanye West in Paris in January at the Schiaparelli fashion show.

Julia Fox with Kanye West in Paris in January at the Schiaparelli fashion show.

Sorokina said she and Fox, pictured Thursday in Los Angeles, worked on the project together.

Sorokina said she and Fox, pictured Thursday in Los Angeles, worked on the project together.

Fox commented on one of Sorokina’s Instagram photos, calling her “my dear sister” and told her that she was “killing him from behind bars.”

Sorokin explained: “We have mutual friends – she is a city girl.

“We actually connected on Instagram while I was away and we texted for a bit and then she jumped into my club which was really random. I answered people’s questions about my experience and she made the forum so much better. She asked all the right questions.

“We have a similar sense of humor. She never judged and we’ve been in touch ever since.

“She has a lot of interesting creative projects and I feel like the media doesn’t do her justice when she talks about her dating. “We’re actually working on something together.”

Fox was the source of an intense obsession after she and Kanye West met on New Year’s Eve, starting a tumultuous relationship in which he brought her outlandish date outfits, flew her around the world, and showered her and her friends with gifts. including five $10,000 Birkin bags.

On Monday, Foxx, 32, confirmed that she and West broke up after a weekend when the 44-year-old attended the Super Bowl and posted a series of angry messages about his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new boyfriend, Pete. Davidson.

Imprisoned 'fake heiress' Anna Sorokina says crime DOES pay off after being handed 0,000 from Netflix

“Kanye and I are on good terms,” ​​Fox wrote on Instagram.

“I love him, but I was not in love with this man.”

Sorokin continued: “There is definitely more to my story that I would like to share.

“With that in mind, I’m working on several projects. I’m working on a documentary project with Buim Murray Productions in Los Angeles. I am also working on a book about my time in prison and working on a podcast.

“I’m not trying to encourage people to commit crimes.

“I’m just trying to shed some light on how I made the most out of my situation without trying to glorify it. That’s what I create from this story.”

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