Fake heirs detained by the U.S. Immigration Bureau

A fraudulent woman imprisoned for a financial crime while pretending to be a wealthy New York socialite has been detained by US immigration authorities.

Anna Sorokin, who created a fake persona as Anna Delbay, was detained on March 25.

The 30-year-old faces deportation to her native Germany after being released from prison in February.

She was found guilty of stealing from banks and hotels in April 2020 and scammed over $ 200,000 (£ 153,580).

A spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) told the BBC that Sorokin was being detained in a county prison in New Jersey. No further details were given.

Solokin, a German citizen, had exceeded his US visa, The agency told the insider’s website..

Fake German heir Anna Sorokin was taken away after being convicted of multiple thefts and service thefts last month and then sentenced to the Manhattan Supreme Court on May 9, 2019.

The Netflix series Inventing Anna on her crimes is already in production.

Solokin reported to the Immigration Bureau of New York on March 25 and was scheduled to be deported to Germany the next day, but remained in the United States. New York Post reported..

It is not clear whether Solokin is challenging deportation.

Sorokin’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

In February, one of her lawyers, Todd Spodek, told the BBC that she hoped Sorokin would eventually be deported to Germany.

During her trial, prosecutors, in the name of Anna Delvey, talked about how Solokin pretended to be worth about $ 60 million in a European trust fund.

After years of fraud, Solokin used her phone persona to promote a luxurious lifestyle.

The prosecution said she was able to maintain the charade using forged financial statements and even obtain a $ 100,000 overdraft loan from one bank.

Her lawyer, Spodek, claimed in court that Solokin “tried to forge it until she could make it.”

Eventually, Solokin was found guilty with 8 counts and acquitted with the other 2 counts. She was sentenced to four to twelve years in prison, but was released on parole in February this year.

Her story received international attention in 2018 after a hit by writer Jessica Pressler in New York Magazine.

Since being released from prison, Solokin has taken advantage of the infamy he gained during the trial. Boosted by media interest in her story, she interviews, explores business ventures, and arranges television projects.

Sorokin paid $ 320,000 (£ 230,000) from Netflix For her life story. Some of those funds were used to repay the bank she scammed.

In an interview with the BBC last month, Solokin was asked if the crime would be rewarded. “In a way, that was the case,” she replied.