Fake heiress Anna Sorokin released early from prison as Netflix series nears

Brazen Anna Sorokin – who posed as a billionaire heiress to swindle banks and hotels out of nearly £150,000 – has been released from prison.

The German pretended to be wealthy socialite Anna Delvey but was busted after her scamming came to light.

The 29-year-old was found guilty in 2019 of theft of services and grand larceny and jailed in New York.

Sorokin was serving four to 12 years in state prison but has been granted early release – and is expected to cash in on her crimes.

Netflix are said to have paid $320,000 for the rights to tell the story of how she duped banks by pretending to be a heiress with a $60million trust fund.

Her tale will soon be adapted into a TV series by the streaming giant.

She attempted to get a $22 million loan for a private arts club with fake papers and promised a friend a swanky trip to Morocco.

Sorokin's release comes after she reportedly apologised at a parole hearing six months ago.

"I just want to say that I'm really ashamed and I'm really sorry for what I did," she is quoted by the New York Post as saying in a hearing transcript.

"I completely understand that a lot of people suffered when I thought I was not doing anything wrong."

Sorokin used her fake persona to enjoy a luxury lifestyle for several years.

She lived in a lavish New York hotel and ate out at high-end restaurants in the city.

It all started to unravel when she was kicked out of the 11 Howard hotel in 2017, after racking up $30,000 of charges and failing to provide a working credit card.

A lawyer for Sorokin previously said was trying to appeal against her conviction, despite her planned release.

Reportedly already using the money to pay off the banks she scammed, Sorokin's crimes will be laid bare for the up-coming show.

The series will produced by Shonda Rhimes, behind hit TV shows Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.

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