Unaccustomed to following the rules, Anna Sorokin, the Gatsby-like figure who scammed friends, five-star hotels and banks to the tune of $275,000, quickly got into fights while locked up at Rikers Island. In 2018 her skirmishes led to a Christmas spent in solitary confinement in the notorious New York jail.

Now, the “fake heiress”, better known by her alias Anna Delvey, is to be freed early from prison for good behavior — another twist in the tale of the so-called “Soho grifter”, who infiltrated Manhattan’s high society in the guise of a German heiress with millions to squander.

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