Fake heiress Anna Sorokin released from US immigration detention

Fake heiress Anna Sorokin released from US immigration detention


Fake heiress Anna Sorokin, whose stunning deception of New York’s financial elite inspired a hit Netflix series, was released from an immigration detention center on Friday but still faces deportation from the United States.

Sorokin, who used the name Anna Delvey while smuggling more than a quarter million dollars from hotels, banks and friends, was conditionally released by a judge after posting bail, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE ). , told AFP.

The 30-year-old German national was released for good behavior in February 2021 after serving part of a four to 12 year sentence, only to be arrested again the next month for overstaying her visa.

Sorokin will be locked in her New York City home for a period of time after posting $10,000 bail, will be required to wear an electronic bracelet and will be banned from using social media, US media reported.

Sorokin has spent the last 18 months fighting her deportation order to Germany and has made a number of appeals.

Last November, the Immigration Services Board of Appeals (BIA) made an emergency request for Sorokin to remain in the United States while her deportation was processed, which she can now do outside the walls of the detention center.

Born near Moscow, Sorokin is the daughter of a Russian truck driver who emigrated to Germany.

Taking the name Anna Delvey, she posed as the heir to a $60 million fortune to open the door to New York’s high society after arriving at Fashion Week in 2013.

Instantly recognizable thanks to her large designer glasses, Sorokin used her extraordinary ability to weave deft lies to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in bank loans, free private jet travel, and living in Manhattan hotels on credit.

Arrested in 2017 and convicted two years later, she inspired television producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”) to make her the subject of the hit Netflix miniseries “Inventing Anna,” starring Julia Garner in the title role.

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