NEW YORK (AP) – Fake celebrity and convicted con artist Anna Sorokin, whose scheme inspired a Netflix series, has been released from US immigration detention and placed on house arrest, immigration officials and her spokesman said.
Anna Sorokin is being held in domestic custody in New York City, her spokesman Juda Engelmayer said.
“Anna now has the opportunity to demonstrate her commitment to growth and giving back and to making a positive impact on those she meets,” Engelmayer said in a statement. “She has hurdles ahead of her, and she will overcome them with strength and determination, using her experiences and teachings.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed their release. Sorokin, 31, is fighting against deportation to Germany.
She was convicted in 2019 for defrauding $275,000 from banks, hotels and swanky New Yorkers to fund her lavish lifestyle.
Using the name Anna Delvey, she posed as the daughter of a German diplomat or an oil baron and lied about a $67 million bankroll abroad to make it look like she could pay off her debts, they said Public prosecutor .
Her trial attorney said she was simply overwhelmed trying to start a private art association and planned to pay up as soon as she could.
The case became the basis for the Netflix series Inventing Anna, which released earlier this year.
After three years behind bars, Sorokin was released last year and then arrested by immigration authorities. They argue that she has overstayed her visa and must be sent back to Germany.
An immigration judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Sorokin to be released into domestic detention while the fight to deport him continues. She wears an ankle monitor and was required to post $10,000 bail, provide an address where she will stay and agree not to post on social media.
Her current attorney, Duncan Levin, said Wednesday Sorokin wants to focus on appealing her conviction.
https://www.woodtv.com/news/nexstar-media-wire/fake-heiress-center-of-netflix-series-released-to-house-arrest-as-deportation-fight-continues/ "Fake Heiress", the center of the Netflix series, was released into house arrest because of the ongoing deportation campaign