The “fake German heiress”, who scammed over $435,000 from some of New York’s wealthiest, has stepped out with her newest accessory after being released from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody late last week.
Anna Sorokin, who convinced Manhattan’s celebrity circles into believing she was Anna Delvey – a fictional heir to an oil baron worth with a fortune worth about $US67 million ($A96 million).
However, the elaborate story was fabricated to trick financial institutions and wealthy individuals into investing in her private arts club, using money she stole to fund her jetsetting lifestyle, buy high-end clothing and live it up with lavish hotel stays.
Sorokin was released early from prison in February 2021 after serving almost two years for four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny following a month-long trial that drew headlines over her courtroom outfits in 2019.
However, she was detained shortly afterwards by ICE for allegedly overstaying her visa where she was held for 18 months until her release on $US10,000 ($A16,000) bond last week.
Sorokin, who was born in Russia and has German citizenship, is currently appealing the US immigration’s decision to deport her as she remains under house arrest in an apartment in New York’s trendy East Village.
However, the 31-year-old was spotted leaving on Tuesday to attend her first parole, donning black sunglasses, a black trench coat and strappy stilettos.
In one photo, Sorokin can be seen leaving the graffiti-covered entrance to the apartment with a black scarf draped over her head.
Photos show the scarf has been personalised with her real initials, “AD”.
But it was her government-issued GPS ankle monitor that captured attention as it peaked out from under her black pants above her right foot.
Social media has been quick to comment on her outfit, with one Twitter user writing she was “dressed to the nines to meet probation officer”.
“Her outfit looks expensive, so she’s still living better than almost everyone else in New York,” another remarked.
The sighting comes just days after she gave an interview to the New York Times from her apartment and was seen posing for a photo shoot on the rooftop.
She told the newspaper she was disputing her immigration case in ICE custody, rather than from Germany, because she “did not want it to go down the way ICE wanted it to”.
“Letting them deport me would have been like a sign of capitulation – confirmation of this perception of me as this shallow person who only cares about obscene wealth, and that’s just not the reality,” she said.
“I could have left, but I chose not to because I’m trying to fix what I’ve done wrong. I have so much history in New York.”
Sorokin, whose story was made into a popular Netflix show Inventing Anna, was reportedly required to produce three months’ worth of her $US4500 ($A7200) a-month rent to secure her apartment, Fox News reported.
When asked in her New York Times interview where the money was “coming from”, she responded: “I guess you’ll have to ask the government.”
She also revealed she is working on several “projects” and added she is working on a podcast.
“I’d love to do something with criminal justice reform to kind of highlight the struggles of other girls,” she said.
Sorokin was busted after spending years posing as the rich daughter of an oil tycoon. She also claimed he was a German diplomat.
After spending almost two years in prison followed by another 18 months in an ICE detention centre, a judge granted her bail under the condition of 24-hour house arrest and a social media ban while she fights her deportation.
Originally published as ‘Fake heiress’ Anna Sorokin steps out in New York after ICE release
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