Anna Sorokin – the fake heiress who swindled banks, hotels and members of New York high society out of $275,000 – remains in immigration detention after she was jailed seven months ago upon release of a nearly three-year prison sentence.
Sorokin, a Russian-born German woman who used the pseudonym Anna Delvey, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 25 after she overstayed her visa. She has yet to be deported back to Germany.
Her lawyer, Audrey A. Thomas, described the situation as the ‘proverbial poster child for governmental abuse of power and violation of due process’.
‘Anna is not being treated fairly, she is being denied justice and the Court’s rulings against are arbitrary and capricious and serve only to deny her equal protection under the law,’ Thomas told DailyMail.com.
Sorokin has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice for her release.
Her attorney has also filed an appeal for the deportation orders and applied for Sorokin to be granted asylum.
Anna Sorokin (pictured in May 2019) remains in immigration detention after she was jailed seven months ago. Her attorney described the situation as the ‘proverbial poster child for governmental abuse of power and violation of due process’
Sorokin is currently being held at Orange County Jail in Goshen, New York (pictured)
Sorokin is currently being held at Orange County Jail in Goshen, New York.
Thomas argues that her client’s continued detention ‘makes little sense’ considering she completed her prison sentence for non-violent crimes, repaid her victims and attended scheduled parole hearings.
‘I have at least three cases where they released violent predicate felons with ankle bracelets,’ Thomas told Insider. ‘So why not her?’
Immigration judges have the power to release individuals until their status is finalized, however detainees can also remain in custody indefinitely.
According to court documents from September, Sorokin has filed numerous motions and petitions since her March 25 detainment seeking release or a bond hearing.
It remains unclear if or when the court will move forward her hearing request, release or extradition.
According to court documents filed last month (above), Sorokin has filed numerous motion and petitions since her March 25 detainment seeking release or a bond hearing
In 2013, Sorokin arrived in New York City and pretended to be a wealthy German heiress named Anna Delvey.
She spent nearly four years living an exorbitantly expensive lifestyle in Manhattan, often on the borrowed dimes of newly-acquainted friends who believed she was incredibly cashed up.
Her lavish lifestyle came crashing down in 2017 after she took a friend, former Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams, to Marrakesh with her, racked up thousands of charges at hotels and then gave the photo editor the $62,000 bill, promising to pay her back.
Unrelated to the trip, Sorokin was arrested in July 2017 for theft of services when she couldn’t pay bills. She reportedly took off to California and missed a court date.
Afterwards, Williams – realizing that Sorokin had conned her – went to the police and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and agreed to aid officials in a sting operation that resulted in her October 2017 arrest in Malibu, California.
A Manhattan jury found her guilty in April 2019 of grand larceny and other charges.
Sorokin spent just over three years in prison for defrauding banks, hotels and friends out of $275,000.
She was ultimately released from prison in February 2021, only to be detained by ICE about a month later.
Sorokin (pictured on a 2019 trip to Morocco) came to New York City in 2013 and spent four years pretending to be a wealthy German heiress named Anna Delvey
Sorkin (pictured during her trial at the New York State Supreme Court in April 2019) was arrested in 2017 on larceny charges in New York, for defrauding banks, hotels and people out of money while posing as a fake Russian born German heiress
A Manhattan jury found her guilty in April 2019 of grand larceny and other charges
Sorokin is now the subject of an upcoming Netflix project titled Inventing Anna. The streaming giant reportedly paid her $320,000 to consult on a series about her crimes and she has used most of the money to pay off her victims.
The series, produced by Shonda Rhimes and starring Ozark actress Julia Garner as Sorokin, is set for release in late 2021 or early 2022.
The former socialite gave her first TV interview since her release from prison for a 20/20 special that aired on October 1.
During the interview, Sorokin said she never pretended to be from money and she never meant to be deceptive.
‘I never had a fraudulent intent – and I guess that’s what should really count,’ she claims.
Sorokin, who wore heavy make-up and curled her hair for the interview, further stated: ‘I would like to show the world that I’m not this dumb, greedy person that they portrayed me to be.’
Her former defense attorney Todd Spodek, also featured in the 20/20 special, argued that Sorokin did nothing wrong, but was instead ‘seduced by the glitz and glamour’ of New York City.
‘Anna had every intention of doing things the right way, but she couldn’t open those doors without doing something a little bit grey to open the door,’ he said.
She released from prison in February 2021, only to be detained by ICE on March 25 (Pictured: Sorokin visiting her parole officer in Brooklyn on March 1, 2021)
The former socialite gave her first TV interview since her release from prison for a 20/20 special that aired on October 1. She said: ‘I never had a fraudulent intent – and I guess that’s what should really count. I would like to show the world that I’m not this dumb, greedy person that they portrayed me to be’
‘Everyone creates the version of themselves that they want the world to see… Everyone lies when it’s convenient to them… and Anna did the same thing. She couldn’t be 100 percent honest because no one would listen to her.’
Williams – who testified against the fake heiress in court – told the interviewer that initially thought Sorokin was ‘slightly offbeat’ but never had reason to question her identity.
‘People have asked [me], were there red flags?’ Williams said. ‘I never questioned that she was who she said she was. I never had reason to and I wouldn’t have thought that way.’
Meantime, as she remains in ICE custody, Sorokin’s next steps remain unknown.
‘I guess it remains to be seen,’ she told 20/20. ‘I’m just trying to rewrite my story.’