Anna Sorokin, Fake German heiress, jailed for scamming New York's richest

Faux heiress Anna Sorokin reportedly in ICE custody

Sorokin was freed on parole from Albion Correctional Facility in February

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Wednesday 31 March 2021 20:11
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Faux socialite Anna Sorokin is reportedly in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to The New York Post, the 30-year-old German citizen, who posed as an heiress named Anna Delvey with a $60m trust fund, reported to immigration authorities in Manhattan on 25 March. She is now reportedly being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Ms Sorokin was freed on parole from Albion Correctional Facility in February. She was arrested in 2017 on charges of grand larceny, tried in 2019 and sentenced to 12 years in prison, including the two she had already served in Rikers Island.

According to The Post, Ms Sorokin was freed, she had an immigration detainer for overstaying her visa and was ordered to check in with authorities and was scheduled to return to Germany on 26 March. It is unclear if Ms Sorokin formally challenged the deportation.

“She overstayed her visa and has a conviction on top of it. She’s immediately removable unless she filed some application for relief,” attorney Steven Pugliese, an immigration lawyer, told The Post.

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“If there’s an application pending she would most likely remain in custody until it’s adjudicated.”

Since her release from prison, Ms Sorokin recently told the BBC that says she has been keeping busy with media requests and other projects. “I am writing my book, I have my NFT [non-fungible tokens] project, and my merch, and [I am working on] prison reform,” she says. “I am trying to turn the attention I am getting into something positive.”

Ms Sorokin was also paid $320,000 by Netflix for the rights to her story, which is currently being made into a series starring Julia Garner. She was not able to keep all the money, however, due to a New York law that prevents criminals from profiting from their crimes. At least $170,000 was used to pay back banks Sorokin is accused of scamming.

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