'Inventing Anna': Did Anna Delvey Know Martin Shkreli and Is He Still In Prison?

Inventing Anna is the latest true-crime series about a con-artist to hit our screens this year. Joining the likes of The Tinder Swindler and The Puppet Master on Netflix and The Dropout coming to Hulu very soon, Inventing Anna tells the mind-blowing true story of Anna Sorokin, A.K.A. Anna Delvey.

From 2013 until her arrest in 2017, Delvey was able to convince her friends, banks, lawyers, hotels, businesses and others that she was a German heiress with a fortune of $60 million. At the same time as Anna was conning New York's elites, Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland (Ben Rappaport) was hard at work, as was hedge fund manager and pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli (Will Stephen).

In Inventing Anna, Delvey is seen on separate occasions with Shkreli and McFarland. At one point in the series, Delvey and Shkreli poke fun at McFarland's failed Fyre Festival, but did Delvey really know Martin Shkreli?

Newsweek has everything you need to know.

Did Anna Delvey Know Martin Shkreli?

Yes! Anna Delvey did know former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli. At the time, Shkreli, known as "Pharma Bro," was the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals (now Vyera Pharmaceuticals). He was also the co-founder of various hedge funds, including Elea Capital, MSMB Capital Management, and MSMB Healthcare.

He was well known for infamously purchasing the sole copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" in 2015 for $2 million. It was later seized by the government as part of his sentence.

In Jessica Pressler's article "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People," which served as the inspiration for Netflix's Inventing Anna and the character Vivian (Anna Chlumsky), Pressler details how Delvey and Shkreli hung around in similar circles.

Speaking to Pressler, Delvey's friend Neff (Alexis Floyd) recalled that Delvey once invited her to dinner at Le Coucou, New York, where she was introduced to Sorokin's "dear friend" Shkreli.

At the time, Neff was working as a concierge at the 12 George Hotel, the same hotel Delvey had been living in for over a month. Delvey would rack up over $30,000 in debt to the hotel, before eventually paying it, and the $1,000 she owed to Neff, back.

In Inventing Anna, Shkreli is seen boasting about having a copy of Lil Wayne's highly anticipated album, Tha Carter V, and even plays leaked tracks from the unreleased album, something which Neff claimed really did happen. She also told Pressler, she had tweeted about hearing the unreleased album, something which really angered Anna.

"I wanted everybody to know that I heard this album that the world is waiting on! But Anna was pretty mad," she told Pressler "She didn't come down to my desk for maybe three days."

Shkreli himself confirmed to Pressler in a letter from prison that Delvey was a good friend with one of his executives.

Writing to Pressler, Shkreli wrote: "Anna did seem to be a popular 'woman about town' who knew everyone. Even though I was nationally known, I felt like a computer geek next to her."

Additionally, Delvey's former friend Rachael DeLoache Williams, who wrote the book "My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress," recalled how Delvey would talk about Shkreli and would defend his choice to price-hike the lifesaving drug Daraprim, from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

Is Martin Shkreli Still in Prison?

Yes, Shkreli remains incarcerated in a low-security federal prison in Pennslyvania. He has made two applications for early release during his incarceration, which have both been denied.

He is scheduled for release in September 2023, according to Reuters.

In December 2015, Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI after a federal indictment, charging him with securities fraud. He was found guilty in August 2017 of two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

The charges were related to his career as a former hedge-fund manager, which he used to scam investors.

Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and up to $7.4 million in fines, the Associated Press reported.

He was found not guilty on three counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, according to Insider.

Inventing Anna is streaming on Netflix now.

Shkreli Gets Lifetime Ban From Pharmaceutical Industry
“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli has been ordered to return millions of dollars in drug profits and has been banned from the pharmacy industry after he inflated the price of live-saving drugs. In this photo, Shkreli pauses while speaking to the press after the jury issued a verdict in a different case on August 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images