Fake socialite and convicted con artist Anna Sorokin, whose scheme inspired a Netflix series, has been released from US immigration custody on house arrest, immigration officials and her spokesman said.
Anna Sorokin is at home in New York City, said her spokeswoman, Juda Engelmayer.
“Anna now has her chance to demonstrate her commitment to growing and giving back and making a positive impact on those she meets,” Engelmayer said in a statement. “She has obstacles in front of her and she will overcome them with strength and determination, using her experiences and lessons learned.”
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed his release. Sorokin, 31, is fighting deportation to Germany.
In 2019, she was convicted of defrauding $275,000 from banks, hotels and upscale New Yorkers to fund her lavish lifestyle.
Under the name Anna Delvey, she posed as the daughter of a German diplomat, or an oil baron, and lied about having a $67 million (€68 million) fund in the foreigner to create the impression he could cover his debts, prosecutors said. .
His trial lawyer said he simply got in over his head while trying to start a private art club and had planned to pay when he could.
The case became the basis for the Netflix series “Inventing Anna,” which premiered this year.
After serving three years behind bars, Sorokin was released last year and later detained by immigration authorities. They argue that he has overstayed his visa and should be returned to Germany.
An immigration judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Sorokin to be released to his home while the deportation fight plays out. He wears an ankle monitor and had to post $10,000 bond, provide an address where he will stay and agree not to post on social media.
His current attorney, Duncan Levin, said Wednesday that Sorokin wants to focus on appealing his conviction.
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