Judge: “Fake heiress” can contest deportation under house arrest

A US immigration judge on Wednesday cleared the way for fake German heiress Anna Sorokin to be released from custody on house arrest while she fights deportation if she meets certain conditions.

He must post $10,000 (£8,900) bail, provide a residential address where she will remain for the duration of her immigration case and refrain from posting on social media, Manhattan immigration judge Charles Conroy said.

Sorokin, 31, has been in custody by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement since March 2021 after spending more than three years behind bars for defrauding banks, hotels and friends to fund a lavish lifestyle.

The judge rightly recognized that Anna poses no threat to the communityAttorney Duncan Levin

Immigration authorities say she has overstayed her visa and must be sent back to Germany.

Sorokin’s attorney, Duncan Levin, said they were “extremely pleased” with the decision to release her to house arrest.

“The judge correctly recognized that Anna posed no danger to the community,” Levin said in a written statement.

“While there are still a few hurdles to overcome on her release terms, Anna is excited to get out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction.”

A message has been left with Immigration and Customs Enforcement requesting comment.

Sorokin, whose plan inspired the Netflix series Inventing Anna, was convicted of multiple theft and larceny in 2019. She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison, credited with serving more than 500 days while her case was pending, and released in February 2021 for good behavior.

A few weeks later, the immigration authorities picked her up.

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Going by the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin maneuvered her way into elite New York social circles by posing as a socialite with a $67million (£59million) fortune abroad, prosecutors said. She falsely claimed to be the daughter of a diplomat or an oil baron.

Prosecutors said Sorokin falsified records and lied to get banks to make loans, luxury hotels to let her stay and well-heeled Manhattanites to cover plane tickets and other expenses on her, for a total of $275,000 ($245,000 pounds) stolen.

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