Convicted ‘false heiress’ released as she resists deportation


A woman with a track record of posing as a German heiress to defraud individuals and financial institutions of hundreds of thousands of dollars has inspired a Netflix series under immigration detention.

Anna Sorokin is expected to be released from ICE Friday night, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

The 31-year-old has been held by immigration authorities since March 2021 after she served three years in prison for petty theft and burglary. Immigration authorities claimed she had overstayed her visa and had to return to Germany.

This week, a judge cleared the way for Sorokin to be released into solitary confinement at home while she battles deportation. Under the conditions set forth by Manhattan Immigration Judge Charles Conroy, she must post a $10,000 deposit, provide a residential address where she will be staying for the duration of her immigration case, and Do not post on social media.

As Anna Delvey, Sorokin managed to get along with New York motorists and shakers, claiming she had $67 million (€68 million) worth of assets overseas, according to prosecutors. She falsely claimed to be the daughter of a diplomat or an oil baron.

Prosecutors allege Sorokin falsified records and lied to banks, luxury hotels and upper-class Manhattanites and stole a total of $275,000. Her feat inspired the Netflix series “Invented Anna”.

After Conroy issued her order, Sorokin’s attorney, Duncan Levin, said in a statement that Sorokin was “excited to be out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction. “


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