Anna Sorokin, the real-life 'inventing Anna', is out of jail

8 October 2022, 11:52

Anna Sorokin, the inspiration behind the Netflix show Inventing Anna
Anna Sorokin, the inspiration behind the Netflix show Inventing Anna. Picture: Getty
Fran Way

By Fran Way

Fake German heiress, who inspired the Netflix series Inventing Anna, has been released from US immigration custody, her attorney has confirmed.

Anna Sorokin has been held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since 2021.

Her stay with ICE came after spending more than 3 years in prison for swindling banks, hotels and friends to pay a luxurious lifestyle.

Immigration authorities say that the 31-year-old con-artist overstayed her visa and must return to Germany.

Earlier this year a judge agreed to transfer her from detention to home confinement while she fights deportation.

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To do that she was required to post a 10,000 dollar (£8,900) bond, provide a residential address where she will stay for the duration of her immigration case and refrain from social media posting.

Her immigration attorney, John Sandweg, confirmed to the PA news agency that the process of her release had begun, and that she was being transferred from the Orange County Correctional Facility in upstate New York to downtown Manhattan.

"She is on her way to being released... she is still going through the final processing," Mr Sandweg said.

"She's out of the jail where she was being held."

Sorokin was convicted in 2019 on multiple counts of larceny and theft.

She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison, credited with more than 500 days of time served while her case was pending and released on good behaviour in February 2021, before being picked up by immigration authorities a few weeks later.

Using the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin manoeuvred her way into elite New York social circles by passing herself off as a socialite with a 67-million-dollar (£59 million) fortune overseas, 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 lend her money, luxury hotels to let her stay and well-heeled Manhattanites to cover plane tickets and other expenses for her, stealing 275,000 dollars (£245,000) in total.