Anna Sorokin no longer wants to be a “scammer” and has a new business idea
Convicted fraudster Anna Sorokin gained world fame through the Netflix series Inventing Anna. According to an interview, the fake millionaire heir will now reinvent himself – and go into a digital billion-dollar business.
EFirst cheat, then artist … and now NFT trader? The infamous Anna Sorokin, who posed as a millionaire heir in New York’s high society under the pseudonym Anna Delvey, has a new career plan. Convicted fraudsters want their own Non-fungible tokens (better known as NFTs) and sell them to fans.
With the project “Reinventing Anna” – a reference to the Netflix series “Inventing Anna” about her spectacular scam – the German-Russian will clean up his image as a deceiver. But going into the new online business raises doubts.
“Trying to get away from this quote-branded ‘cheater’ personality”
At least that is what Anna Sorokin claimed in an interview with the American news channel “NBC News”. Her past actions were “decidedly unethical,” the 31-year-old said. “I will not encourage anyone to follow in my footsteps.”
The fake heir is currently still in the custody of the U.S. immigration authorities. You are threatened with deportation to Germany. However, this does not seem to prevent Sorokin from establishing a new company and entering the NFT market.
Non-fungible tokens, in English: “non-exchangeable tokens”, assets are stored on a blockchain and linked to digital content. Typically, NFTs can only be purchased with cryptocurrency. They are used to prove ownership of certain media, such as a digital work of art.
Relatively little is known about tokens marked by Sorokin. However, ten “Anna Access Cards” are said to guarantee “exclusive access” to the fake heir, reports “NBC News”. This will include livestreams and one-on-one phone calls with Sorokin. Future owners of three “ultra-platinum” NFTs should even be able to meet the 31-year-old in person and receive a package of “personal belongings” from the German-Russian. Sorokin describes the NFTs as a way to connect more closely with people who find their stories “inspiring.”
Sorokin wants to focus on “something legal.”
One can only wonder what the 31-year-old really means. In March this year, the imprisoned Sorokin held an art exhibition in New York. Original works of the deceiver were displayed in a gallery under the name “Free Anna Delvey”. Artist Julia Morrison now claims she has not yet been reimbursed for the $ 8,000 she was to receive to help organize the event. Irony? Morrison’s media is digital art.
The NFT market itself is also repeatedly criticized. Art tokens are often created and sold without the artist’s permission, legitimate NFTs are often attacked or “stolen” by hacker groups – and as recently as early June, an employee of the OpenSea virtual marketplace was arrested for insider trading.
Of course, this does not mean that the whole market is a scam. But Sorokin will definitely find his feet in the crypto world. “Have fun staying poor“-” Have fun while staying poor “- is a popular saying in the crypto community. It is reminiscent of a scene from” Inventing Anna “: A journalist visits the imprisoned Anna” Delvey “in prison. The fake heir looks at the visitor’s clothes and says dryly, “You look poor.”
Over the years, Anna Sorokin took hundreds of thousands of dollars from friends, business partners and banks. In 2019, she was finally charged with fraud and found guilty. Barely two years later, on February 11, 2022, the German-Russian was released for good behavior. The same day, the Netflix series about her scam and lawsuit was released.
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