USA: Convicted ‘fake heiress’ who inspired Netflix series released – News

Sorokin’s exploits defrauding major financial institutions and luxury hotels are documented on the popular show ‘Inventing Anna’

by AP

Published: Sat 8 Oct 2022 11:21

A woman whose exploits posing as a German heiress to defraud individuals and financial institutions out of hundreds of thousands of dollars inspired a Netflix series is being released from immigration custody.

Anna Sorokin was scheduled to be released from ICE custody Friday night, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Immigration authorities had detained the 31-year-old woman since March 2021 after she had served three years in prison for robbery and theft. Immigration authorities claim that she has overstayed her visa and she must be returned to Germany.

This week, a judge had cleared the way for Sorokin to be placed on home confinement while she fights deportation. Under conditions imposed by Manhattan Immigration Judge Charles Conroy, she must post a $10,000 bond, provide a residential address where she will stay for the duration of her immigration case, and refrain from posting on social media.

Posing as Anna Delvey, Sorokin managed to ingratiate himself with New York influencers, claiming to have a $67 million fortune abroad, according to prosecutors. She falsely claimed to be the daughter of a diplomat or an oil tycoon.

Prosecutors alleged that Sorokin falsified records and lied to banks, luxury hotels and upper-class Manhattanites and stole a total of $275,000. His exploits inspired the Netflix series “Inventing Anna.”

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


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