- Anna Sorokin was granted a $10,000 bond and will be released from ICE custody.
- Sorokin will be under house arrest pending the outcome of her battle with ICE to remain in the US.
- He should also stay away from social media.
Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress who made her way into New York’s elite social circles, has secured her release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody after 18 months.
Sorokin’s attorneys told The Daily Beast that she was granted a $10,000 bond by a judge, meaning she will be released from federal prison after she posts the amount. However, according to a decision seen by the agency, Sorokin will be limited to a “provided residential address during the immigration process.”
Another condition of her bail includes a ban on social media from making posts herself or through a third party, according to The Daily Beast.
Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison in May 2019 on charges related to a scheme in which she pretended to be a millionaire German heiress named Anna Delvey to trick banks and financial institutions into giving her money.
Sorokin has paid full restitution from her criminal case. He was released from a New York prison in February 2021 after serving three-and-a-half years of a four-year sentence, but was detained by ICE six weeks later.
In April 2021, a judge ruled that Sorokin would not be released from ICE custody pending the outcome of her case, agreeing with ICE’s argument that the German national is a “danger to society”. In February, Sorokin wrote an essay published by Insider about life behind bars, describing being “confined to a cell in yet another horrible penitentiary.”
According to the decision seen by The Daily Beast, Immigration Judge Charles Conroy ruled this week that Sorokin would be placed under extensive supervision after her release to prevent her from being a flight risk.
“She will be required to comply with conditions of release imposed by both the New York State Board of Parole and immigration authorities, which, combined with her status as a public figure, will make it particularly difficult for her to avoid detection,” Conroy wrote. the decision. “For all of these reasons, the Court finds that Sorokin’s flight risk was sufficiently mitigated.”
Dubbed by many media outlets as the “SoHo Grifter,” Sorokin became the subject of “Inventing Anna,” a hit Netflix series.
Her attorney, Duncan Levin, told the Daily Beast that his team was “extremely pleased with the court’s decision,” praising the judge for recognizing that “Anna is not a danger to the community.”
“While there are still a few hurdles to clear on her parole conditions, Anna is excited to get out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction,” Levin said, according to the report.
Another member of Sorokin’s legal team, John Sandweg, told Bloomberg he believed the judge made the right call, seeing as Sorokin hadn’t been charged with a crime since 2017.
“And the evidence clearly showed that any risk he poses can be adequately addressed through supervision, electronic monitoring, parole and ICE supervision,” Sandweg said, according to the outlet.
Sorokin and Levin’s attorney did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.