Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, to launch NFT collection from prison

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Sorokin is best known for masquerading as a German heiress by the name of Anna Delvey from 2013 to 2017, when she scammed friends and businesses out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a con memorably documented in the hit Netflix series “Inventing Anna.” Now, she’s trying to move away from that persona and plans to launch a collection of NFTs called “Reinventing Anna,” according to an interview with NBC that she gave from Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen.

Sorokin told NBC that she minted 10 NFTs that will grant holders “exclusive access” to her, which includes one-on-one phone calls. Three “ultra-platinum” NFTs grant the opportunity to meet Sorokin in person and receive a package of “personal items.”

The Russian-born woman originally arrived in New York City in 2013, and for four years conned banks, hotels, monied friends and acquaintances to fund a lavish lifestyle with no intention of repaying.

Sorokin is currently being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Goshen. Arrested in 2017 and convicted in 2019 on multiple counts of theft and grand larceny, she was released from Albion Correctional Facility near Rochester in February 2021, then arrested a month later for overstaying her visa. She has won two emergency stay requests while at Orange County Correctional Facility, with the latest being on March 28.

Sorokin’s artistic turn isn’t out of the blue. She often posts her artwork on Instagram and her criminal lawyer, Todd Spodek, who represented Sorokin in her 2019 trial, noted that she was happy that the public was paying attention to her art in an interview with the Times Union in March.

Her artwork spurred a group exhibit in New York City called “Free Anna Delvey,” featuring reproductions of her work by another artist, Alfredo Martinez, who himself was convicted of mail and wire fraud in connection to his sale of fake Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings.

Said Spodek, “I’m pleased that people are gravitating to Anna for her artistic pursuits rather than the criminal case.”

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