False heirs can fight deportation under house arrest


NEW YORK — A U.S. immigration judge said Wednesday that bogus German heiress Anna Sorokin could be released from custody and put on the road to house arrest while she fights deportation if she meets certain conditions. cut open.

According to Manhattan immigration judge Charles Conroy, she must provide a $10,000 bond, provide a residential address where she will stay for the duration of the immigration lawsuit, and refrain from posting on social media.

Sorokin, 31, has been in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since March 2021. After spending more than three years in prison for defrauding banks, hotels and friends to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Immigration officials say her visa has expired and she must be returned to Germany.

Sorokin’s attorney, Duncan Levin, said he was “extremely happy” with the decision to put her under house arrest.

“The judge duly found that Anna was not a danger to the community,” Levin said in a statement. I am thrilled to be released so I can focus on prosecuting my false beliefs.”

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

Sorokin, whose plot inspired the Netflix series Inventing Anna, was convicted of multiple theft charges in 2019. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison from her four years, served over 500 days while her case was pending, and was released in February 2021 for her good conduct. rice field.

The immigration office picked her up a few weeks later.

Using the name Anna Delby, Sorokin masqueraded as a socialite with a $67 million (€68 million) fortune abroad, paving the way for New York’s elite socialites, prosecutors said. She falsely claimed to be the daughter of a diplomat and an oil tycoon.

Prosecutors say Sorokin falsified records, lied to get bank loans, stayed in luxury hotels, and got wealthy Manhattanites to pay for plane tickets and other expenses, stealing a total of $275,000.

Associated Press