Fake Russian-German millionaire Anna “Delvey” Sorokin, fresh from years in prison in New York after deceiving the financial elite, said this weekend that she would fight not to be deported to Germany and stay in the American megalopolis.
The 30-year-old with an incredible life, who inspired a fictional series on Netflix and is a social media phenomenon, was released on bail Friday night and placed under house arrest with an electronic bracelet in a Manhattan apartment.
Anne Sorokin had been detained for a year and a half in a detention center of the federal immigration police (ICE), 100 kilometers north of New York, for overstaying her tourist visa.
She was arrested in 2017, convicted two years later of fraud, and incarcerated in a New York prison from which she was released in 2021 for good behavior, before being immediately re-arrested by ICE. Free on condition, she has been under a deportation order to Germany since February, against which she has repeatedly appealed.
Interviewed at length by the New York Times on Saturday at her Manhattan home, Anna Sorokin said she refused to be sent back to Germany by immigration authorities.
“Les laisser m’expulser aurait sounded like a sign of capitulation, the confirmation that allowed me to be a frivolous person who did not think that the obscene richesse, who was not simply tout pas la réalité”, assured the young woman.
“I could have left but I chose not to because I’m trying to make amends. I have such a history in New York that I feel like if I were in Europe I would be running from something,” she insisted.
Anna Sorokin, alias Anna “Delvey”, had managed between 2016 and 2017 to deceive New York’s financial elites and celebrities by posing as a wealthy German heiress in front of a fictitious estate of 60 million dollars.
Capable of crafting lies thanks to extraordinary poise, the young woman – recognizable thanks to her large designer glasses – had obtained tens of thousands of dollars in bank loans, traveled for free on a private jet and lived hooked on the palaces of Manhattan. A $275,000 slate.
Of German nationality, Russian born near Moscow, Anna Sorokin is the daughter of a trucker and a merchant who emigrated to Germany in 2007. She frequented the world of fashion in London and Paris before arriving in New York in 2013 for Fashion Week. Fashion.
Her story inspired producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”) to turn her into a Netflix miniseries, “Inventing Anna,” starring Julia Garner.