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Heiress scammer Anna Delvey isn’t sorry about all the scamming

She said she’d be lying if she apologised

The fraudulent German heiress Anna Delvey (whose real name is Anna Sorokin) has said she’s “not sorry” for scamming New York City’s social elite out of tens of thousands of dollars.

The con-artist said in court that she was sorry “for the mistakes I made,” but she told the New York Times at Rikers Island prison shortly after her sentencing: “I’d be lying to you and to everyone else and to myself if I said I was sorry for anything. I regret the way I went about certain things.” In the New York Times interview, Sorokin was asked if she would do it all over again. “Yes, probably so,” she replied.

The scammer was sentenced last week to between four and 12 years in prison for swindling a series of hotels, banks, and Manhattan socialites out of sums totalling $200,000 (£153,000) to fund her own lavish lifestyle. Her ultimate goal was to launch her own private members club on Park Avenue South in the centre of Manhattan, a space for parties and art exhibitions.

“The thing is, I’m not sorry,” Delvey said, who is due to be deported to Germany following her release. “I guess I’m fortunate enough to go to real prison, so I’ll have more material,” adding that she planned to pen a book about her experiences. HBO and Netflix are both working on shows about her.

Anna Delvey is ranked as one of Dazed's 20 most stylish people in 2019 and her courtroom looks have their own Instagram account. But her sartorial choices could now be limited to prison garb for the best part of a decade.