Fake heiress Anna Sorokin fights US deportation

Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin is led away after being sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court on May 9, 2019 following her conviction the previous month on multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services.

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new York – Fake heiress Anna “Delvey” Sorokin remains in US custody, US immigration authorities said on Tuesday, despite reports that she was set to be deported to Germany.

Sorokin, who was jailed in 2019 for scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars from hotels, banks and friends and inspired a hit Netflix series, “remains in ICE custody pending deportation “said the agency of immigration and customs.

It was reported on Monday that Sorokin, who carried out his scams under the alias of “Anna Delvey”, was about to be extradited to Germany on a flight to Frankfurt.

His lawyer Manny Arora, who did not respond to AFP requests for comment, told The Associated Press that he filed paperwork Monday seeking to delay the deportation.

He confirmed to the British tabloid The Daily Mail that he filed an urgent appeal on Monday evening to stop an expulsion order dated February 17, and valid for 30 days, to postpone it for an additional month.

Additionally, Arora confirmed on Monday a New York Post report that Sorokin had left the ICE detention center in Goshen, upstate New York — where she has been held for a year — to board the flight to Frankfurt.

But a Frankfurt airport police spokesperson said Sorokin did not arrive there on Tuesday afternoon, and US immigration authorities said she never left her center. detention. Arora also told the AP that she was still there.

Amid all the confusion, Sorokin was scheduled to appear on the “Call Her Daddy” Spotify podcast on Wednesday, which focuses on sex and relationships. Spotify said the interview was pre-recorded by host Alexandra Cooper of Sorokin Detention Center.

In the podcast, Sorokin denied she was a fraudster, saying “I’m like an artist”, according to The Daily Mail.

The 31-year-old Russian-German citizen managed in 2016 and 2017 to deceive New York elites by posing as a wealthy heiress, when in reality she was the daughter of a truck driver from the suburbs of Moscow. .

Sorokin was sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison but was released in February 2021 for good behavior, only to be arrested again the following month for overstaying her visa.

Capable of weaving skilful lies with extraordinary aplomb, the young woman poses as a German heiress endowed with a fortune of 60 million dollars, enabling her to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in loans from several banks.

Between November 2016 and August 2017, she flew for free on a private jet and lived on credit in Manhattan hotels, never paying a penny, according to New York prosecutors, who estimated her frauds at around $275,000.

Sorokin, who first arrived in New York in 2013, had even tried to obtain a loan of 22 million dollars to launch an exclusive club in Manhattan.

Her incredible story led TV producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”) to make her a Netflix miniseries, “Inventing Anna,” with Julia Garner in the title role.

According to media reports, Sorokin received $320,000 from the streaming giant.

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