Anna Sorokin can't control her wild spending – even behind bars

EXCLUSIVE: ‘She wanted to live like Paris Hilton.’ Anna Sorokin’s father tells how he indulged his daughter with dance and French tutors, drove miles to buy her designer clothes and still gives her money – but ‘she never once said she loved me’

  • Vadim Sorokin sat down for an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com in which he said his daughter’s spending is out of control even in detention
  • Sorokin, 58, shared pictures of his daughter from when she was growing up in Russia and Germany
  • He said Anna, 31, has the ability to wrap people around her little finger and is paying other inmates in the Orange County jail to do chores for her
  •  ‘I don’t think she has ever once said that she loves me but would tell me instead: “I’m your only daughter and you have to help me and give me money.” ‘ he said
  •  Vadim called his daughter’s crimes ‘dishonest and shameful’ but said she would be welcomed home if she decides to return
  •  ‘We have room for her here in the family home and while we’ll support her, we won’t enable her to repeat her previous mistakes’

The father of fake heiress Anna Sorokin has told how his daughter has never once said she loves him — yet demands money from him nearly every day.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, hardworking Vadim Sorokin told how he built up his business from scratch to help give his daughter a head-start in life.

But now she is languishing behind bars in a US immigration center awaiting deportation back to her native Germany having swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars by pretending to be the heir to a $60million fortune.

Her story has been turned into a hit Netflix series, Inventing Anna, starring Julia Garner, which reveals how the 31-year-old passed herself of as ‘Anna Delvey,’ the daughter of an oil tycoon, who conned the super-rich of New York and persuaded banks to lend her mountains of cash.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Vadim Sorokin, Anna’s father, told how he built up his business from scratch to help give his daughter a head-start in life. Smiling but shaking his head, Vadim said: ‘Anna’s always had expensive tastes but I don’t know where she gets it from’

Anna’s father said she had a normal upbringing in Germany. ‘She didn’t get drunk too much, maybe one or two times at parties, but that’s normal for youngsters that age

Anna at her 2019 trial in New York where she was found guilty of grand larceny and theft and sentenced to four to 12 years in prison

In real life, her father is a humble man, originally from Moscow, who moved to a small town in Germany with his wife and Anna to forge a better life.

Father of two Vadim, 58, said: ‘I speak to Anna three of four times a week from the immigration center in New York and the conversation is always the same — she needs money.

‘She is paying people to run around for her in jail, to clean her clothes for her. She has an ability to wrap people around her little finger.

‘I don’t think she’s evil inside but she needs, for the first time, to figure out what she’s going to do with her life,’ said Anna’s father Vadim Sorokin

‘I’ve sent her thousands of dollars in the past. At the moment because she is in detention the amounts are small…but even in there she hasn’t learned how to control her finances.

‘I don’t think she has ever once said that she loves me but would tell me instead: “I’m your only daughter and you have to help me and give me money. I’ve no way of doing it myself.”

‘But she did find a way — a dishonest and shameful way — and it’s landed her in prison and now in an immigration center awaiting deportation.

‘Where will she go if she is kicked out of America? We have room for her here in the family home and while we’ll support her, we won’t enable her to repeat her previous mistakes.

‘Regardless of what happened, you can always make good out of something bad, added Vadim. ‘Every day is a new beginning. I don’t think she’s evil inside but she needs, for the first time, to figure out what she’s going to do with her life.’

Last week, Anna gave DailyMailTV an exclusive jailhouse interview in which she finally expressed remorse for her scams.  

‘No money in the world is worth going to jail — even for a day,’ she warned.

‘I’m just trying to make the best out of the situation I’m dealing with right now. I could have done so many things different and I would have never seen the inside of the jail. But it just is what it is.’

Anna was born on January 23, 1991 in Domodedovo, a working-class suburb to the south of Moscow, where Vadim worked as a truck driver and his wife owned a small convenience store.

Vadim’s most treasured snap is one of them both on the Russian coast with Vadim putting a protective arm around his then 11-year-old daughter 

‘As a young girl, she was very interested in fashion magazines and wanted to look like the models and make herself as beautiful as possible,’ Anna’s father told DailyMail.com

Anna (left) had lots of friends as a girl growing up in Eschweiler, Germany. But as she got older, her tastes and interests became much more sophisticated and she became more and more distant with them until they lost contact entirely,’ her father said

When she was aged 16 in 2007, the family moved to Eschweiler, a small industrial town roughly 30-miles west of Cologne.

Vadim became an executive at a transport company before starting his own company specializing in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

He used his newfound wealth to buy his daughter private tutors in German, English and French — even dancing — and he and his wife often drove for miles to pick up designer clothes and shoes for their daughter. much of which would stay in the wardrobe unworn.

To escape the humdrum of Eschweiler, Anna moved briefly to London in June 2011 to attend Central St. Martins, a prestigious art school, but soon dropped out and returned to Germany.

The following year she briefly worked for a PR firm in Berlin before relocating to Paris, where she had a $400-a month internship at a French fashion magazine.

Her parents subsidized her rent and even gave her a car.

Smiling but shaking his head, Vadim, who also has a son, said: ‘Anna’s always had expensive tastes but I don’t know where she gets it from. 

‘We tried to accommodate this but when we were in Russia it was difficult. When we came to Germany, these sorts of clothes were more available, but we still had to travel quite far out of Eschweiler to buy them for her.

Anna was born in Domodedovo, south of Moscow, but her family moved to Germany when she was 16 in the hope of giving her and her brother a better life

Anna grew up in Eschweiler, Germany but she wanted more and moved to London, Berlin and Paris before landing in New York

Anna Sorokin, aka Anna ‘Delvey’, expressed remorse for her scams for the first time in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com last week

‘I remember she had a prom after finishing her exams in school and she went to it in these expensive high-heels, the only girl to do so. Some clothes she wouldn’t even wear.

‘Most people in Eschweiler are not really fashion conscious and don’t have the same taste for luxury as Anna, which is why she went to London, then Berlin and then Paris. She felt this town wasn’t quite good enough for her.

‘She wanted to live like Paris Hilton but we weren’t able to give that to her.’

Eschweiler, 30 miles west of Cologne, has a population of 56,000.

In 2013, with the lure of Europe’s great capital cities not enough, Anna instead set her sights on New York, where she maneuvered her way into the Big Apple’s elite social circles by passing herself off as German-born socialite Anna Delvey who had a $67million fortune overseas.

Able to weave skillful lies with extraordinary aplomb, she falsified records and lied to banks to lend her tens of thousands of dollars and convinced several luxury Manhattan hotels to let her stay on credit only to leave without settling the bill.

Between November 2016 and August 2017 she travelled for free by private jet after persuading well-heeled New Yorkers to cover the cost of the plane tickets.

In total her deception amounted to $275,000 . She was convicted of fraud in 2019 and sentenced to between four and 12-years in prison.

She was released last February but was arrested again weeks later, this time by immigration officials for outstaying her US visa, and she is currently fighting deportation to Germany at the Orange County Detention Center in Goshen, New York.

In the Netflix series written about her life, Anna is portrayed as cold and unable to show emotion as someone who struggled to make friends in Germany.

However Vadim pulled out a number of touching family album photographs of his daughter happily posing with her friends in Eschweiler and on picnics in the countryside.

Sorokin at her New York trial in 2019, where she was reprimanded by Judge Diane Kiesel for refusing to enter court because the Ann Taylor outfits provided by her lawyer were not up to her standards

Sorokin is currently behind bars at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York, 70 miles north of Manhattan

The Russian-born criminal was convicted of scamming New York banks and socialites out of thousand claiming to a German heiress named Anna Delvey

Sorokin (right) lived the high life in New York. Here she poses for a picture with friends at the Tumblr Fashion Honor celebrating the Rodarte brand at the Jane Hotel in 2014

His most treasured snap is one of them both on the Russian coast with Vadim putting a protective arm around his then 11-year-old daughter.

He said: ‘We had a lot of fun when she was little, I would play with her a lot.

‘I don’t have too many complaints, she didn’t get drunk too much, maybe one or two times at parties, but that’s normal for youngsters that age.

‘She had a good circle of friends too, they’d do things together all the time, they’d come to our house and she’d go to theirs. They’d go on trips together. She was happy.

‘But as she got older, her tastes and interests became much more sophisticated and she became more and more distant with them until they lost contact entirely.

‘Most of her friends now have families and are still here in Eschweiler. Anna wanted to escape that life and has never come back.’

Vadim said he found out about his daughter’s arrest via the Internet and said he was unable to attend her trial because he needed to stay at home to work. He is also yet to watch the Netflix series, in which he too is portrayed by an actor.

‘I haven’t seen it yet,’ he said. ‘But from what people tell me, it doesn’t seem to be accurate all that much. It’s mainly fiction.’

Asked what he wants for his daughter now, whether she stays in America or comes home to Germany, Vadim paused slightly and then added: ‘I don’t know what motivates Anna nor what demons are within her. Will she become a mother? Unlikely. Will she find a job here in a small town? That’s unlikely too.

‘All I want is for her is to finally find a place for herself in this world.’

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