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Behind Gilded Bars: Fake Heiress Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin Finds Redemption through Podcasting

Anna Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, has found a unique way to pass the time during her house arrest in a condemned New York apartment building: she has started a podcast. Seeking to reshape her public image and distance herself from her past as a con artist and scammer, Sorokin aims to captivate listeners with her new show, "The Anna Delvey Show," which revolves around the theme of "productive rule-breaking."

In an interview with The Associated Press from her East Village apartment, Sorokin expressed her desire to follow in the footsteps of individuals who became famous for negative reasons but managed to reinvent themselves. She acknowledges her current restrictions, stating, "I'm on 24/7 house arrest. I'm only allowed to leave for my parole check-ins, my ICE check-ins, and for medical emergencies." Behind her during the interview stands a life-size cutout of herself, donning an ankle monitoring device, created by artist Kenny Schachter.

Sorokin gained notoriety by posing as a wealthy German heiress and deceiving others into believing she had a $67 million trust fund. She used this false persona to secure loans, accumulate debts, and even attempt to acquire a historic building for a private arts club. Claiming to be the daughter of a diplomat or an oil baron, she successfully conned banks, hotels, and affluent New Yorkers out of $275,000. Following her arrest in late 2017, she was convicted in 2019 on multiple counts of larceny and theft, resulting in a prison sentence of four to 12 years. After serving three years, with a significant portion spent at Rikers Island jail complex, Sorokin, a German citizen, faced detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She was later released on a $10,000 bond and placed under home confinement pending a deportation hearing.

With her podcast launching this week on major platforms, Sorokin eagerly anticipates the response from listeners as she endeavors to rebuild her public image. While confined to her apartment, she aims to reshape her narrative through her podcast, inviting audiences to explore the concept of productive rule-breaking. Time will tell if her campaign to reinvent herself proves successful and if people tune in to her new venture.

Sorokin's story has already captured public attention, inspiring the Netflix series "Inventing Anna," which explores the events surrounding her criminal activities. As she awaits the outcome of her podcast endeavor, Anna Sorokin remains an intriguing figure who seeks redemption and a chance to reshape her identity in the eyes of the public.

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