NEW YORK – A “Free Anna Delvey” gallery exhibit takes place on Manhattan’s Lower East Side as the bogus heiress is behind bars fighting extradition.
Five of Anna “Delvey” Sorokin’s artworks are among the works on display at 176 Delancey St.
Emily Palmer, who covered her fraud trial for The New York Times, and Todd Spodek, her attorney in the lawsuit, were among those at the opening last Thursday.
Here’s the latest on Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin and her eviction
Sorokin called for the opening of the prison in Goshen, NY, where she is being held, to thank everyone for supporting her.
The crowd broke into a chant “Free Anna Delvey”.
The art exhibit could actually be used in his fight against eviction. According to The Daily Beast, his legal team is seeking an O-1 visa waiver granted to artists.
Where is Anna Sorokin now?
Anna “Delvey” Sorokin is still being held by ICE at the Orange County Correctional Facility in New York.
Fake socialite Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorkin featured in the Netflix docu-drama ‘Inventing Anna’ has been detained since overstaying a visa. Sorokin came to New York in 2013 and tried to secure a huge loan to start an upscale members-only club in Manhattan while using the name Anna Delevy.
She allegedly left several high-end hotels with large unpaid bills and is accused of scamming wealthy New Yorkers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A Manhattan jury found Sorokin guilty in April 2019 of robbery and other counts. The following month, Judge Diane Kiesel, saying she was “stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception”, sentenced Sorokin to between four and 12 years.
Sorokin, 30, was granted “merit release” in February, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision inmate search website, but ICE quickly took her into custody.
Sorokin tricked friends and financial institutions into believing she had a fortune of around $67m (€60m) overseas that would cover her high-end clothes, hotel stays luxury and his transatlantic travels, prosecutors said during his trial.
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In one case, prosecutors said she falsified financial records in a $22 million loan application to fund a private art club. She was refused the loan but persuaded a bank to lend her $100,000 which she did not repay.