‘Inventing Anna’: Julia Garner plays con artist Anna Delvey | USA TODAY

Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, is making headlines again after her story was told in a new Netflix show. But who is the so-called German heiress?

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Sorokin is the subject of Netflix’s “Inventing Anna,” a partly fictionalized retelling of how a young Russian woman posing as a German heiress named Anna Delvey conned New York’s elite out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Produced by Shonda Rhimes, the nine-episode series is based on a 2018 New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, who is renamed Vivian Kent and played by Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) in the show.

Under the guise of starting a new business – the so-called Anna Delvey Foundation, an exclusive private arts club – Sorokin (played by “Ozark” star Julia Garner) convinced banks and countless associates to foot the bill for expensive restaurants, hotels, trips and events, all with the promise that she’d repay them. She was eventually arrested and found guilty of grand larceny and theft of services in 2019, and was released from prison last year. (Sorokin, 31, is currently in ICE detention and faces deportation to Germany.)

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