Fake heiress Anna Sorokin says she chose against deportation back to Germany from the US because she was “trying to correct what I did wrong”.
The 31-year-old he-artist, whose feat inspired the hit Netflix series Inventing Anna, said the public perception of her as a “shallow”, wealth-obsessed ” not reality”.
It comes days after Sorokin was released from US immigration detention, detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), since March 2021.
Her stay at ICE comes after more than three years behind bars defrauding banks, hotels and friends for a lavish lifestyle.
Immigration authorities said Sorokin had overstayed his visa and had to return to Germany.
After her release, she returned to New York, where she was placed under house arrest and denied access to social media, while she continued to battle deportation.
Speaking to the New York Times, she discussed her decision to stay in the US to fight for her immigration status.
“I just don’t want it to go the way ICE wants it to,” she said, speaking from her apartment in the city.
“For them to deport me would be like a sign of surrender – confirming my perception of me as a shallow man who only cares about obscene riches, and that is not reality.
“I could have left, but I chose not to because I was trying to fix what I did wrong.
“I have a lot of history in New York and I feel as if if I were in Europe, I would run away from something.”
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Before her release, Sorokin was asked to post a deposit of $10,000 (£8,900) and provide a residential address where she would stay for the duration of her immigration case.
She was convicted in 2019 on multiple counts of petty theft and burglary.
She was sentenced to between 4 and 12 years in prison, credited with more than 500 days of serving time while her case was pending, and was released for good conduct in February 2021, before received by immigration authorities a few weeks later.
Using the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin made his way into New York’s elite by portraying himself as a social media site with a fortune of $67m (£59m) overseas, prosecutors say. know.
She falsely claimed to be the daughter of a diplomat or an oil baron.
Prosecutors say Sorokin falsified records and lied to get money from banks, luxury hotels for her to stay in, and good Manhattanites to cover her plane tickets and other expenses. , a total of $275,000 (£245,000) stolen.
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