What ‘fake heiress’ Anna Delvey did next
Society’s scammer and faux heiress, Anna Delvey, who famously swindled almost $275,000 from banks, attempted to secure a loan for $24 million for a private arts club and placed a whopping $62,000 bill on a trusting Manhattan socialite’s credit card, has spent her first week of freedom after a three year sentencing.
Where was the first place Delvey returned to? Manhattan’s five-star Nomad Hotel, where the fraudster bathed alongside copious amounts of caviar and champagne. Taking to Instagram; Delvey has been updating her 85,000 followers with excursions to Sephora for beauty splurges, weekly visits to her probation officer in Brooklyn and snippets of the German film crew following her every move.
The faux heiress (who claimed to have a trust fund boasting $60 million when conning corporations) eventually apologised for her actions during parole last year where she pleaded ‘I just want to say that I’m really ashamed, and I’m really sorry for what I did’ – Delvey’s apologetic delivery subsequently acted as her jail-free card.
Although, the fraudster’s apology hasn’t had the quite same effect for a number of Devley’s victims. Michael Xufu Huang, a 26-year-old art collector and founder of X Museum in Beijing, fronted a $3,000 hotel bill while Delvey attended Venice Biennale in 2015 after promising to repay the collector. Michael is now showcasing an exhibition at his gallery, where the star piece takes shape as an oil painting capturing the 30-year-old fraudster in court, ‘I paid more for this work than the hotel charges I apparently lost,’ he jokes on social media.
Similarly, former Vanity Fair Photo Editor Rachel DeLoache Williams (who was famously left to pick up Delvey’s staggering $62,000 hotel bill in Morocco) has managed to rebuild her life after publishing book My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress and collaborating with Lena Dunham for an HBO adaptation of her story.
What’s next for Anna Delvey? Will she, like Rachel DeLoache Williams, publish a best-selling novel? Or continue to flutter in the art world as she did before her sentencing? Netflix confirmed that Inventing Anna, a series portraying the high society scammer, will be released early this year (with $198,956 of the $300,000 deal has been paid to victims). Delvey has also hinted at her first magazine cover on social media as well as releasing her own documentary on her life post-prison. Whatever it may be, Anna Delvey won’t be going away quietly.
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