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Fake German ‘heiress’ Anna Sorokin would rather fight her deportation status while in ICE custody at an upstate prison than go back to Germany as a free woman, her lawyer says.
Attorney Duncan Levin told DailyMail.com they been actively appealing her conviction, and while this is happening Sorokin has made the choice to fight for her freedom behind bars.
‘Anna has served all of her time on her criminal matter and is now fighting not only to vindicate her name in that case, but also fighting the federal government, which has locked her up and is trying to deport her based on her conviction,’ Levin said.
‘We are appealing her conviction based on a number of procedural and substantive errors in her trial, and she has a very strong case.’
‘While the criminal appeal process is underway, she is making the difficult choice to remain here in the United States behind bars fighting her deportation as well instead of having to engage in her appeals from afar — even though she would be doing so as a free person.’
The 31-year Russian-born con artist, who has been detained at an ICE in upstate New York for the last year, tried to apply for asylum in the US but her plea was denied.
Her lawyers have launched a series of appeals in an attempt to stop her from being booted out of the country.
On February 17, 2022, a deportation order was issued for her to be sent back to Germany. Her attorneys issued an appeal and they got a 30-day extension.
Anna Sorokin in a March 2022 photo at the Orange County Detention Center in Goshen, NY
Giudo Cacciatori, Gro Curtis, Giorgia Tordini and Anna Delvey (pictured far right) attend the first Tumblr Fashion Honor presented to Rodarte at The Jane Hotel on Sept. 9, 2014, in New York
Sorokin has been held at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York since March 2021 for overstaying her visa
In an emailed statement to Fox News Digital Sorokin said: ‘I don’t see a reason why I should be banned forever while so many violent offenders get released by ICE on daily basis.’
She said most of her friends and support system are in the states and said they all want her to ‘succeed.’
She continued: ‘I can’t wait to put my ICE issues behind me and finally get a chance to take back control of my story.’
Regarding her citizenship, Sorokin said she ‘will decide the best course of action’ on immigration matters with her lawyers ‘depending on the progress of the case.’
Levin said Sorokin’s legal team plans to file a ‘very strong appeal’ soon.
He added: ‘She is fighting that so that she can stay in the United States. So now she is fighting the deportation proceeding.
‘She is very optimistic about our case that we have for us and remains upbeat,’ Levin said of Sorokin.
‘[A]nyone who takes a deeper look into this case can see the problems that led to her conviction. And she certainly fears that. I think he’s optimistic about the road ahead.’
On Friday, Sorokin launched her solo art exhibit titled, ‘Allegedly’ at Manhattan’s Public Hotel
In March 25, 2021 she was rearrested for overstaying her visa in the US and has since been languishing at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York.
In November 2021, a Board of Immigrations Appeal ‘granted Sorokin’s emergency stay request, pending removal.
In 2019, Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, high society life came to a stunning halt after she was charged on multiple fraud charges after being found guilty by a Manhattan jury.
She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. After serving nearly four years, she was released in February 2021 for good behavior.
In no time the German ‘heiress’ went back to her previous posh lifestyle.
She rented a swank apartment in Chelsea, and did the media circuit boldly telling one reporter ‘crime pays, in a way.’
She also signed a deal with Netflix to advise on its production of ‘Inventing Anna.’ A judge allowed the jailbird to sign the lucrative deal as a way to pay back her victims.
Six weeks after enjoying the lap of freedom, se was arrested by immigration agents for allegedly overstaying her visa and has been in ICE custody in upstate New York ever since.
‘I lived out most of my adult life in NY and a lot of my friends and support system are based in the US,’ Sorokin said.
Sorokin said she has ‘a great network of people in place who support’ her. When Fox asked if she had any concerns about establishing professional connection in New York City if she were to be released.
Her response was that she is ‘constantly receiving various offers and introductions.’
On Friday, Sorokin launched her solo art exhibit titled, ‘Allegedly’ at the Public Hotel in New York City. She attended virtually, according to Juda Engelmayer of Herald PR.
‘I’m very excited about my first real collection of 21 sketches that are autobiographical and touch on a variety of topics,’ Sorokin said. ‘I put a lot of thought in these works and each one has a layered meaning.
Anna Sorokin is seen in court at her 2019 sentencing on multiple fraud charges
‘This is the first step of me telling my story from my perspective. I don’t want to explain too much, and leave people room for interpretation.’
Sorokin, who has nearly 1 million Instagram followers after Netflix released a show based on her life called ‘Inventing Anna’ in February, has managed to keep her social media accounts active from prison, appearing frequently in news interviews and on podcasts.
As of late, Sorokin claims to have founded her own law firm, from her prison cell.
Despite having no legal training, and still being held at a correctional facility, Delvey announced her new law firm Delvey & Daughters – ‘Double D’ for short – in a public statement on Thursday.
The firm is payable through Dogecoin and can be reached through 1-800-BETTER-CALL-ANNA, a play on the Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul which chronicles a crooked attorney.
In her statement, she admits ‘jail is not a great look for a lawyer but… it merely means I have more time to focus on solving my clients’ issues as opposed to waiting time on pointless dinners and small talk.’
In fact, her current attorney, Manny Arora, seemed stunned and a little frustrated by the revelation when reached by DailyMail.com.
She said she had not been informed of Delvey’s apparent new career ambitions and that it was ‘impossible’ for her to found a law firm.
‘I’m very excited about my first real collection of 21 sketches that are autobiographical and touch on a variety of topics,’ Sorokin said, who spoke virtually to those in attendance. ‘I put a lot of thought in these works and each one has a layered meaning’
TIMELINE OF ANNA DELVEY’S RISE AND FALL FROM LIVING THE MANHATTAN HIGH LIFE TO ICE DETENTION
2011: Anna Sorokin enrolls in a fashion degree at Central Saint Martin’s in London
2013: Anna drops out of Central Saint Martin’s and moves to Paris where she starts interning at Purple Magazine.
This is when she starts going by the name Anna Delvey
Summer 2013: Anna comes to New York for fashion week with Purple and decides she would rather stay in America than return to Europe. She starts working out of Purple’s offices in New York City
2013-2017: New York and Europe
Anna immerses herself in New York society, attending fashion parties and mingling with CEOS.
She stops interning with Purple, and it’s unclear where she lived for most of her time in New York and pops up at parties all over Europe in Berlin and Paris, dressed in designer clothing.
During this time she is believed to be in a relationship with a TED-talk ‘futurist’ boyfriend. By 2016, they have broken up and she is in New York City alone.
2016-2017: The con years and the Anna Delvey Foundation
Until 2017, Sorokin’s parents were still giving her money for rent. They didn’t know where she was living in New York.
Around 2017 is when Anna started living in hotels, firstly taking up in 11 Howard.
In late 2016 is when she started soliciting fraudulent loans from banks and overdrafts to build The Anna Delvey Foundation, her arts-club that she wanted to build on Park Avenue South.
November 2016-December 2016: Anna attempts to defraud City National Bank but is turned down.
December 30 2016 – February 2 2017: Anna tries to defraud Fortress out of a $22million loan.
January 2017: Anna defrauds City National Bank. They give her $100,000 as an overdraft which she uses to prove she has money in her pursuit of of a loan with Fortress.
Fortress spent $45,000 of the loan. She then asked for the remaining $55,000 back, and used that money to pay for some of her lifestyle, without ever giving City National the money back.
April 2017: Anna defrauds Citibank by depositing fake checks and cashing them before they bounced.
April 2017: Marrakech trip
Anna takes two friends – Rachel de Loach Williams and her fitness trainer to La Mamounia, one of the most expensive hotels in the world.
They also brought a film maker to document them as they swanned about the resort, playing tennis and visiting the spa.
Williams, a photo editor at Vanity Fair, ended up putting the entire trip on her work American Express. It cost $60,000.
Anna convinced the group she was merely having problems with her European bank – as she had done for years.
July 2017: Anna is arrested for theft of services after skipping bills at the Beekman, the W, and for leaving a $200 lunch bill at Le Parker Meridien hotel.
She was released.
October 2017: Anna is arrested on the other fraud and grand larceny charges
She is taken to Rikers Island
May 2018: The Cut publishes an in-depth article about Anna’s crimes. She becomes an internet sensation
March 2019: Anna’s trial begins in New York City. She enrages the judge by showing up late and refusing to wear the outfits her attorney has brought for her
April 25, 2019: Anna is found guilty on three of the five counts she was charged with.
The jury acquits her of trying to defraud Fortress and also of defrauding her Vanity Fair photo-editor friend.
May 2019: Anna is sentenced to four to 12 years in prison
February 11, 2021: Anna is released on good behavior and she returns to New York City, lapping up media attention and consulting with subscription services for a lucrative deal.
She ends up signing with Netflix to advise on its production of Inventing Anna
A judge allows it as a means of her earning back enough money to repay her victims
March 2021: Six weeks after being released, Anna is picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying her visa.
She is taken to a prison in upstate New York
February 17 2022: A deportation order is issued for Anna to send her back to Germany.
Her attorneys appeal and they get a 30 day extension.
March 2022: Anna is due to be deported from New York