Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin held in ICE custody: ‘I don’t see why I should be banned forever’

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Anna Sorokinwho convinced New York Cityfrom the elite that she was a German heiress named Anna Delvey in 2017, is sequestered in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York , for fear of being deported as she works to get the grand theft charges against her revoked.

A Manhattan jury found Sorokin, 31, guilty of multiple fraud charges in 2019, and she served nearly four years in prison before being released in 2021 for good behavior. The German citizen was later arrested by ICE on March 25, 2021 for overstaying her visa in the United States.

“I have lived most of my adult life in New York City and many of my friends and support system are based in the United States,” Sorokin told Fox News Digital in an emailed statement. . “I don’t see why I should be banned forever when so many violent offenders are released daily by ICE.”

Anna Sorokin, who was convicted by a New York jury last month of defrauding banks and individuals of more than $200,000, reacts during her sentencing in Manhattan State Supreme Court New York, USA , May 9, 2019.
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She added that she has “a great network of people in place who support her” and want to see her “succeed”. Sorokin “constantly receives various offers and introductions,” she said when asked if she had any concerns about building a professional relationship in New York if she were to be released.

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“I can’t wait to put my ICE issues behind me and finally have the chance to take back control of my story,” she said.

In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Anna Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, arrives for her trial at New York State Supreme Court in New York.

In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Anna Sorokin, who claimed to be a German heiress, arrives for her trial at New York State Supreme Court in New York.
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An ICE spokesperson said in March that its Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) “granted Sorokin’s application for emergency stay” in November 2021, pending his withdrawal. The agency does not discuss future removal operations for operational security reasons.

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“[R]Right now she’s being held by ICE, but the feds are holding her, and they’re trying to get her back to Germany,” said Sorokin’s attorney, Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor and partner at Levin & Associates, PLLC. “And she’s fighting against that so she can stay in the United States. So now she’s fighting the deportation process.”

Anna Sorokin, who a New York jury convicted in April 2019 of defrauding banks and individuals of more than $200,000, looks on during her sentencing in Manhattan New York State Supreme Court, USA United, May 9, 2019.

Anna Sorokin, who a New York jury convicted in April 2019 of defrauding banks and individuals of more than $200,000, looks on during her sentencing in Manhattan New York State Supreme Court, USA United, May 9, 2019.
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Levin is filing two sets of appeals, including one that “is essentially a motion for a new trial in the Supreme Court” and one “with the first department.”

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In April 2019, Sorokin was convicted of four counts of theft of services, three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery, and acquitted of one count of robbery and one count of attempted robbery after defrauding some $200,000 from New York. banks and businesses. The month-long trial and multiple investigative reports shed light on the fraudulently lavish life she cobbled together in New York.

The then 28-year-old tricked a network of friends and financial institutions into believing she had a fortune of around $67 million from her father overseas.

Giudo Cacciatori, Gro Curtis, Giorgia Tordini and Anna Delvey attend the 1st Tumblr Fashion Honor presented to Rodarte at Jane Hotel on September 9, 2014 in New York, USA.

Giudo Cacciatori, Gro Curtis, Giorgia Tordini and Anna Delvey attend the 1st Tumblr Fashion Honor presented to Rodarte at Jane Hotel on September 9, 2014 in New York, USA.
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Sorokin was also accused of falsifying financial records in a $22 million loan application to fund an elite arts club with exhibitions, installations and pop-up shops she wanted to create and open to people. private members, prosecutors said. She was refused the loan but persuaded a bank to lend her $100,000 which she did not repay.

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“The basis of the expulsion is the conviction”, explained the lawyer. “So if the conviction has been overturned and she passes, then there’s no reason to deport her. What I think a lot of people don’t realize is that she’s done all her time in this case…and frankly, she could self–evict any time she wanted or accepted. But she’s doing it to enforce her legal rights….She’s adamant that she has been harmed and their legal rights asserted.

Invitation to Anna Sorokin's art event on May 19.

Invitation to Anna Sorokin’s art event on May 19.
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The fake German heiress and art lover held her first art exhibit since her sentencing at a New York venue on Thursday. She attended virtually, according to Herald PR’s Juda Engelmayer.

“I’m very excited about my first real collection of 21 autobiographical sketches and touching on a variety of subjects,” Sorokin said. “I thought a lot about these works and each one has meaning on many levels. This is the first step to telling my story from my point of view. I don’t want to explain too much and leave people room for interpretation. “

Sorokin, who has nearly a million Instagram followers after Netflix released a show based on his life called “Inventing Anna” in February, has managed to keep his social media accounts active from prison, appearing frequently in interviews and on podcasts.

As for a potential path to citizenship, Sorokin said she will “decide on the best course of action” regarding immigration matters with her attorneys “depending on the status of the case.”

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Levin said Sorokin’s legal team plans to file a “very strong appeal” soon.

“She’s very optimistic about our case that we have for us and remains optimistic,” Levin said of Sorokin. “[A]Anyone who delves into this case can see the issues that led to his conviction. And she certainly fears him. I think he’s optimistic about the road ahead.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.

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