Anna Delvey, now 31, is the subject of Netflix’s new docuseries Inventing Anna , which premiered on February 11. From 2013 to 2017, Delvey infiltrated elite circles in New York City and, over a 10-month period, scammed contacts out of US$275,000 after claiming she was expecting to inherit US$67 million. So how exactly did she swindle friends, associates and businesses? She used her persona to get a fashion internship Russian-born Anna Sorokin moved to Germany when she was 16 and, after studying fashion at University of the Arts London’s Central Saint Martins College, she went on to secure an internship at Purple magazine in 2013 under the guise that she came from well-connected circles. She also started calling herself Anna Delvey. Claiming to come from an aristocratic family, she forged bank statements in an attempt to get a US$22 million loan and start a private members’ club. She flaunted her fake wealth by flying on private jets for free and hosting friends at expensive restaurants, evading the bill by transferring it to her hotel tab. Obamas take Hollywood! Inside Malia and Sasha’s new Los Angeles lives A friend conned out of US$60,000 helped bring her down Delvey persuaded then- Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams to lend her US$60,000 to pay for a luxury trip to Morocco. Her pal cut her off after she realised she was being scammed. But her former bestie was later approached by investigators and the European fraudster’s fantasy world collapsed in 2017 when she was arrested on theft of services for not paying for hotel stays amounting to US$50,000. She made the courtroom her designer runway The designer fashion-loving conwoman caused a stir before her 2019 sentencing as she delayed the trial by causing a fuss over her outfits. She hired a stylist to dress her in brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, and refused to enter the courtroom on days when she only had a high street wardrobe. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anna Delvey2.0 (@theannadelvey) She was finally sentenced on two counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny in 2019 – but she was released from prison because of good behaviour after doing less than four years of her four-to-12-year sentence. During her time in prison, she wrote a survival guide addressed to Donald Trump – who she claimed would inevitably end up there. Meet Victoria and David Beckham’s soon-to-be in-laws, the Peltz family Netflix paid Anna Delvey US$320,000 for the rights to her story Ozark actress Julia Garner portrays her in the Shonda Rhimes ( Grey’s Anatomy , Bridgerton ) production. However, she recently told Insider she won’t watch the 10-part series as it’s told from a journalist’s point of view. Delvey used US$199,000 of the Netflix money to pay back banks, including US$70,000 to Citibank, plus another US$24,000 for state fines. She was jailed again and could be deported from the US Delvey ended up back in custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after six days of freedom because she’d overstayed the time allowed on her visa. Now she faces deportation from the US. She also complained in a recent insider op-ed that media coverage claiming she showed no remorse for her actions landed her back inside. She claimed that an old picture a friend posted – showing her on a rooftop in Manhattan (with jail tagged as the location) – was blown out of proportion. Inside Tom Holland and Zendaya’s not-so-secret romance View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anna Delvey2.0 (@theannadelvey) However, in the past she’s been open about the fact that she’s not sorry for what she did, and still maintains that she did nothing wrong. She tweeted last year that she’ll “go back to Europe when they give black people reparations”. It also appears she’s gained a few fans. Billionaire Kanye “Ye” West’s new girlfriend Julia Fox publicly thanked her for sending birthday wishes recently, and mentioned Delvey calling her while she was filming in an Instagram comment. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .