Anna Sorokin of Inventing Anna
Anna Sorokin (SN 1991) is a German con artist of Russian descent. Between 2013-2017, Anna created herself a false identity as Anna Delvey, a wealthy German heiress, to infiltrate the New York elite. With sophisticated tricks, Anna performs frauds of hotels, banks and rich celebrities. Anna uses other people’s money to enjoy a luxurious life, staying in luxury hotels, shopping for designer brands, traveling and partying.
In 2019, Anna was found guilty of 8 counts, including theft, service theft and conspiracy to commit fraud… and sentenced to 4-12 years in prison. Due to good rehabilitation, Anna was released from prison ahead of time on February 11, 2021. However, she was arrested by ICE only 6 weeks later for overstaying her visa.
Anna Sorokin’s crime became the subject of the famous series Inventing Anna (Vietnamese title: Anna: Lady made up the story).
Anna Sorokin during her trial at the New York State Supreme Court in April 2019. Photo: AP
On October 7, the fraudulent lady was released from the detention center of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after paying a full bond of 10,000 USD (239 million VND). Anna is currently under house arrest, with a surveillance device worn around her ankle, in a rented house in central New York (USA). According to Bloomberg, she is banned from using social networks as well as staying away from electronic devices.
In an interview with The New York Times, Anna said she had the choice of being deported to Germany or staying in Manhattan and jailed. Anna insists she regrets her actions. She wanted the chance to prove herself changed.
While in prison, Anna made a lot of money selling paintings, opening exhibitions, selling the rights to a fraudulent life story to Netflix and receiving interviews from the press. According to Anna, she is working on a podcast, interacting with different guests. Also, she writes books and wants to do something to promote criminal justice reform to help other girls.
Simon Leviev of The Tinder Swindler
Simon Leviev (SN 1990), real name is Shimon Hayut, from Israel. Simon is the central character in the crime documentary The Tinder Swindler (Vietnamese title: The Tinder Scammer), which aired in early February.
In the film, Simon is accused of defrauding up to 10 million USD from women from many different countries through the world’s most popular dating app Tinder.
On Tinder, Simon claims to be “Diamond Prince”, son of billionaire Lev Leviev – owner of LLD Diamond diamond group. After having “conquered” the girls with his dashing, elegant appearance and lavish lifestyle, he began inventing life-threatening stories to borrow money from girls and never return it.
Simon served two and a half years in a Finnish prison after being convicted of defrauding three women. He also served 15 months in an Israeli prison after being convicted of four fraud counts, but was released after five months.
Simon Leviev is best known as “the Tinder scammer”. Photo: Instagram
Currently, Simon lives in a luxury apartment in Israel with his hot model girlfriend. In mid-February, it was reported that Simon Leviev signed a contract with a manager in Los Angeles, Gina Rodriguez – the representative of the American reality TV series.
News24 reported that Leviev claimed to be working on a documentary but did not provide details. The scammer also shared about working with French Montana, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent. On his personal page, rapper Montana implicitly confirmed the cooperation project with a photo taken with Leviev.
In addition to the work plans, Simon faces new litigation. In March, Page Six reported that the Russian-Israeli “Diamond King” Lev Leviev and his family filed a lawsuit against Simon Leviev, alleging fake identities and getting rich in their names.
Bad Vegan’s Anthony Strangis: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives
According to Vanity Fair, Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives (Vietnamese title: Bad Vegan: Fame. Scam. Run) reached more than 44 million views after a month of airing since March 16.
The documentary details how Sarma Melngailis and Anthony Strangis deceived investors and failed to pay employees at their vegan restaurant in Manhattan (New York), Pure Food and Wine. In the film, Melngailis tells about her relationship with Strangis, how he convinced her to give her money and go down a nefarious path, even claiming that he could make her dog immortal.
In 2017, Anthony Strangis, also known as Shane Fox, was sentenced to one year in prison and five years of probation on charges of conspiracy to defraud investors and tax fraud.
Anthony Strangis was convicted in 2017. Photo: Twitter
Vanity Fair said Strangis married writer Jennifer Van Laar in 2021. He did not announce his marriage for the family, and borrowed money from them but did not pay it.
Robert Hendy-Freegard of The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Con Man
Robert Hendy-Freegard was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 by a court in London (UK) for fraud, theft and kidnapping. However, he was released from prison in 2009.
The story of Hendy-Freegard was exploited into the documentary The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Con Man. The film reveals how Hendy-Freegard convinces everyone that he is an undercover agent on the run and needs money to survive. He spent years trying to convince his victims of lies and handing over all his possessions. He also persuaded them to cut ties with family and friends and leave them in poverty when the mission was successful.
Robert Hendy-Freegard impersonated an undercover agent on the run to defraud victims. Photo: Twitter
On September 3, The Guardian reported that Hendy-Freegard was arrested after wounding two French policemen. He is said to have rammed his car into police during his escape when his home was raided on suspicion of illegal dog breeding. Hendy-Freegard was arrested in Belgium, awaiting extradition to France.
Earlier, earlier this year, it was reported that he was living in the UK and starting a dog breeding business.
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