“In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothin’ you can’t do,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sing in the hit song Empire State of Mind. That is unless, of course, one tries to scam banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Don’t believe that? Ask Anna Sorokin, who is currently being housed in Riker’s Island for her crimes against financial institutions. She was set to come into a lot of money but a New York state law is preventing it from getting to her.
What Is The Son of Sam Law?
The law preventing Sorokin from getting her salary from Netflix is called The Son of Sam Law. Essentially, this prevents criminals from profiting from their crimes. After being struck down by the Supreme Court once, New York revised it and for the last 20 years, this law has stood up in the eyes of the courts.
Which is unfortunate for Sorokin, who signed a deal with Netflix for a great deal of money. $30,000 was collected by her in 2018, but that went to attorney fees as she fought the charges against her. Another $70,000 was due to hit her account in June, but instead, the State of New York is holding it in trust as they argue in front of a Judge that Sorokin should not be allowed to have it.
Assistant Attorney General Adele Durand argued “The monies sought to be preserved herein, constitute “profits from a crime,’”
What Is The Money For?
Last May, The Cut published an article titled, How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler. It went viral and a number of Hollywood executives were chasing the rights to the story. Ultimately, Netflix partnered with uber-producer Shonda Rhimes and won the auction for the rights.
After they won, Sorokin was contacted about being a consultant on the show. When she agreed, a deal was signed that gave her a fee of $15,000 per episode and other incentives. Those incentives included royalties and a signing bonus.
Whatever her motivation was, Sorokin may have to decide if she wants to fight for the money she is due. Though given her past statements, it may be a moot point for her. She told The New York Times earlier this year: “My motive was never money, I was power hungry. I’m not a good person.”