Anna Sorokin, fake heiress in ‘Inventing Anna,’ makes a new bid to fight deportation

A woman in glasses sits at a courtroom defense table with her chin on her hand
Anna Sorokin, seen in court in April 2019, is the subject of Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix drama “Inventing Anna.”
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Anna Sorokin, the convicted swindler who claimed to be a German heiress to finance a posh lifestyle in New York, is making a new bid to fight deportation, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Sorokin, whose scheme inspired Shonda Rhimes’ recent Netflix series “Inventing Anna,” was taken into U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement custody nearly a year ago. The German citizen remained jailed in New York’s Hudson Valley on Tuesday, attorney Manny Arora said.

He said she filed papers Monday seeking to hold off being ejected from the country. ICE on Tuesday said only that she remains in the agency’s custody.


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Sorokin, who was convicted in 2019 and spent more than three years behind bars, has since been challenging deportation. An appellate immigration judge last month declined to stop the 31-year-old woman from being removed.

Using the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin maneuvered her way into elite New York social circles by passing herself off as a socialite with a $67-million fortune overseas, according to prosecutors. She falsely claimed to be the daughter of a diplomat or an oil baron.

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Prosecutors said Sorokin falsified records and lied to get banks to lend, luxury hotels to let her stay and well-heeled Manhattanites to cover plane tickets and other expenses for her, stealing $275,000 in all.

Her trial lawyer cast her as an ambitious entrepreneur who got in over her head financially and was simply buying time to pay her debts.