Anna Sorokin, the young Russian-German woman who chatted up wealthy New Yorkers while posing as an heiress, has said she will fight deportation to Germany after her recent release from prison.
Sorokin, 31, whose unusual story inspired a Netflix fantasy series and was a social media phenomenon, was released on bail late Friday and immediately placed under house arrest, with an ankle bracelet confining her to ordinary Manhattan her. apartment.
She had spent the past year and a half in a detention center in upstate New York operated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, convicted of overstaying her tourist visa.
Sorokin was first arrested in 2017, then sentenced in 2019 to two years in a New York detention center on charges including grand theft. Once she had served that sentence — she was released early for good behavior — ICE agents took her into custody.
She has faced a deportation order to Germany since February, but in an interview over the weekend in her Manhattan building with The New York Times, Sorokin said she was fighting to stay in the United States.
“Letting them deport me would be like a sign of capitulation — confirmation of this perception of me as this shallow person who only cares about obscene wealth, and that’s not the reality,” he told the Times.
“I could have left,” Sorokin added, “but I chose not to because I’m trying to fix what I did wrong. I have so much history in New York and I felt like if I was in Europe, I would be running from something.”
Passing herself in 2016 and 2017 as Anna Delvey — a German heiress who claimed a fortune of $60 million — Sorokin hinted at the upper echelons of New York society, persuading members of the elite to invest in an exclusive art club which bears her name.
He had a rare talent for spinning elaborate lies with a precocious poise that made them seem believable.
Sorokin received tens of thousands of dollars in loans, free trips on a private jet and stays at some of New York’s most luxurious boutique hotels.
In total, prosecutors said, he defrauded the unsuspecting out of $275,000.
The Russian-born Sorokin, who holds German citizenship, is the daughter of a truck driver and a shopkeeper who immigrated to Germany in 2007.
With her trademark big glasses, she frequented the fashion world of London and Paris before moving to New York in 2013 for Fashion Week.
Her story eventually caught the attention of American producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”), who turned it into the Netflix miniseries “Inventing Anna,” starring Julia Garner.