Delvey – real name Sorokin – was found guilty of four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny following a month-long trial.
The 28-year-old deceived friends and financial institutions into believing she had a fortune of about $67 million (€60 million) that could cover her high-end clothing, luxury hotel stays and trans-Atlantic travel.
She claimed her father was either a diplomat or an oil baron and went to extraordinary lengths to have others pay her way.
Prosecutors alleged that she promised one friend an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco, but then landed her with the $62,000 bill — although Sorokin was acquitted of that charge.
The story was originally brought to light in a New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” written by Jessica Pressler.
It is this piece on which the new drama series will base itself around.
In Inventing Anna, a journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and stole their money as well.
But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream?
Anna and the reporter form a dark funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey?
David Franker (The Devil Wears Prada) serves as director and executive producer on two episodes, including the first and Pressler serves as a producer on the piece.
The cast features a number of famous faces.
ANNA CHLUMSKY (VEEP) will play “VIVIAN.”
A reporter working to salvage her career with just the right story. The Anna Delvey story is her golden ticket – she is willing to face any problem to get it. But as she works on the Anna story, there is one problem she never expected – Anna herself. The more Vivian pursues the truth about Anna, the more attached to Anna she becomes.
JULIA GARNER (Ozark, Dirty John) will play “ANNA DELVEY.”
A young woman in her mid-20s with a hard to place European accent who takes New York by storm. Either a brilliant businesswoman or a scammer extraordinaire, Anna, in turn, inspires loyalty, compassion, contempt, and obsession – all while leaving behind an emotional body count.
KATIE LOWES (Scandal) will play “RACHEL.”
Rachel is a natural-born follower and her blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job, her credit and her life. But while her relationship with Anna is her greatest regret, the woman she becomes because of Anna may be Anna’s greatest creation.
LAVERNE COX (Orange Is the New Black) will play “KACY DUKE.”
As a celebrity trainer and life coach, Kacy gets sucked into the Anna whirlwind but is mature and centred enough to stay out of any real trouble. When she least expects it, in the wake of Anna’s crimes, Kacy finds herself becoming a coach to more than just Anna.
ALEXIS FLOYD (The Bold Type) will play “NEFF.”
An aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge, Neff knows New York and its people. Neff’s all style, all substance -- more complex than most. She’s drawn in by Anna’s charm, but while passionate and loyal, she’s nobody’s fool.
Inventing Anna will run as 10 one hour episodes.
Production will begin later this year in New York City.