27 oct 2021

Netflix pays several thousand dollars to a professional scammer for a series

As she produces the second season of
The Bridgerton Chronicle
Shonda Rhimes unveils the first images of her latest project for Netflix, a series about Anna Delvey, a fake heiress who swindled New York high society from 2015 to 2019.

In the 2010s, Anna Delvey, a young Russian woman whose real name was Anna Sorokin, posed as a wealthy German heiress and swindled several thousand dollars from the New York upper crust. By pretending to own an immense fortune, the young woman managed to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in loans from several banks, and was thus able to live a life of luxury without ever paying any bills. This impressive master stroke earned him a four-year prison sentence in 2019 for aggravated theft. Finally, Anna Delvey was released from prison last February after serving a 22-month sentence, thanks in part to Netflix, which paid her over $320,000 to adapt her life into a series.


As promised, the platform has just unveiled the first images of a  showdedicated to the hustler, produced by Shonda Rhimes(Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal). Entitled Inventing Anna, it will focus on the case from the point of view of Vivian, a journalist working on the Anna Delvey investigation, who will attempt to paint the most accurate portrait of her. The two women will forge a love-hate relationship over the course of the series’ ten episodes, as each faces a defining moment in her life. The plot is reminiscent of Diversion (2015), which featured a pair of savvy hustlers (played by Will Smith and Margot Robbie). As for the cast, actress Julia Garner(Ozark, The Americans) will play Anna Delvey and Anna Chlumsky will play Vivian, alongside actors Arian Moayed, Alexis Floyd and Laverne Cox in supporting roles.


Inventing Anna (2022), a Shonda Rhimes-produced series, airing next year on Netflix.