Netflix True Crime Drama Will Make You Angry This Was Allowed To Happen

By TeeJay Small | Published

These days, con artist stories seem to be all the rage with projects such as Better Call Saul and Fargo showcasing some of the most inventive criminals ever committed to fiction. Some projects, however, such as the 2022 miniseries Inventing Anna, showcase real-life con artists taking actual people for a ride, causing audiences to rethink their every move.

The series is currently available to stream on Netflix, though watching it may cause you to become extremely paranoid and distrusting.

Inventing Anna

Inventing Anna was created and developed by Grey’s Anatomy writer and creator Shonda Rhimes. Her development company Shondaland purchased the rights to adapt an article in New York Magazine titled “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler.

The series stars Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes, Arian Moayed, Alexis Floyd, and Workaholics‘ Anders Holm. The series ran for 9 hour-long episodes, which were released on Netflix all at once on February 11, 2022.

Chilling And Insane Story

Inventing Anna follows the chilling and insane true story of convicted criminal Anna Sorokin, a Russian-born immigrant who infiltrated the snobbish high-society fashion circle of New York, scheming and scamming her way to the top at every turn.

Over the course of nearly 10 years, Sorokin managed to swindle millions of dollars out of wealthy aristocrats and fashion industry insiders by posing as a German heiress named with the assumed name Anna Delvey.

Forgery And False Pretense

Throughout her time posing as Anna Delvey, Sorokin forged fake bank statements and accrued massive credit with lenders from all across the world who believed she was a wealthy socialite who could easily afford to pay them back.

She made friends under the guise of her false pretense, and even lived in lavish hotel suites for years at a time before eventually being discovered as a fraud.

Eventually, the con artist behind the Inventing Anna story was arrested and convicted of numerous counts of fraud. She landed in Rikers Island.

Banking Off Image

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Several months after Inventing Anna was released in early 2022, Anna Sorokin was released from prison on $10,000 bond, which was taken from her estimated $340,000 of remaining art.

Ironically, Sorokin was able to continue banking off her image following the success of the New York Magazine article and subsequent Netflix show, and has since become a fixture of art shows, NFTs, and the fashion world.

In this regard, Anna Sorokin may be the poster child for the motto “fake it till you make it.”

Praised By Critics

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Inventing Anna was praised by critics and audiences alike for a number of thrilling choices. The Netflix original series currently touts a 64 percent critic score on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, with its excellent performances, powerful writing, and fascinating story listed as highlights of the series.

Inventing Anna On Netflix

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If you’re interested in learning the true story behind one of New York City’s biggest scammers, be sure to stream Inventing Anna, which is available to watch on Netflix in full today. Just be sure to double-check your wallet and your most recent bank statement before inviting any new friends over to watch the show with you.