Anna Sorokin is adding glitz to her life after prison. The 31-year-old was seen leaving her apartment complex on Tuesday to go to the courthouse. Her scams served as the basis for Netflix’s Inventing Anna.
At the time of her fraud, Sorokin—then known as Anna Delvey—opted for an all-black ensemble that featured a trench coat, head scarf, big sunglasses, and heels. Her red-painted nails were the only thing that made her face stand out.
Only a few days before, Sorokin had been given a $10,000 bond by a court, allowing her to be released from a federal detention facility.
She was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Orange County, New York, on October 7 and is now residing in New York City, where she will continue to be under house arrest while her deportation case is still pending, according to Manny Arora, Sorokin’s defense attorney, who previously confirmed this to ET.
“After 17 months of immigration detention, an immigration judge recognized that immigration detention was no longer necessary for Anna and ordered her release subject to various conditions of supervision,” John Sandweg, another of Sorokin’s attorneys, told ET. “This ruling does not mean that Anna will get a free pass. She will continue to face deportation proceedings and her release will be closely monitored by ICE and the State of New York. Nevertheless, as the court found, Anna does not pose such a risk that continued detention was necessary.”
In a plan to defraud some of New York City’s social elites and financial institutions, Sorokin stole more than $200,000. She was apprehended in 2017 and found guilty of grand larceny in 2019. By convincing her would-be victims that she was an heiress with millions of dollars, Sorokin was able to pull off the fraud.
She was given a prison term of between four and twelve years, and she was freed in February 2021.
She was detained by ICE for breaking her visa’s conditions less than a month after she was released, though.
Sorokin told The New York Times that she’s most looking forward to “finding my way back” after being released from ICE custody.
“I’m really happy. Nothing was guaranteed. They denied bail before. It was an exercise in perseverance,” she said. “So many immigration lawyers told me I’d get deported to Mars before I’d get out in New York. And I just had to find the person who’d align with my vision, not accept ‘no’ for an answer and make it happen.”