- Anna Sorokin has been granted $10,000 bail and will be released from ICE prison.
- Sorokin will be under house arrest pending the outcome of her battle with ICE to stay in the US.
- She is also urged to stay away from social media.
Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress who has wormed her way into New York’s elite social circles, has obtained her release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody after 18 months.
Sorokin’s attorneys told The Daily Beast that a judge granted bail of $10,000, meaning she will be released from federal prison after posting the amount. However, according to a decision seen by the outlet, Sorokin will be detained at a “provided residential address for the duration of her immigration process.”
Another condition of her bail is a social media ban from posting herself or through a third party, per The Daily Beast.
Sorokin was sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison in May 2019 for posing as a German millionaire named Anna Delvey in order to get banks and financial institutions to give her money.
Sorokin paid for the restitution from her criminal case in full. She was released from a New York prison in February 2021 after serving three and a half years of a four-year sentence, but was arrested by ICE six weeks later.
In April 2021, a judge ruled that Sorokin would not be released from ICE custody pending the outcome of her case, agreeing with ICE’s argument that the German national was a “danger to society.” In February, Sorokin wrote an essay published by Insider about life behind bars, in which he described being “locked in a cell in another horrible correctional facility.”
According to The Daily Beast’s ruling, immigration judge Charles Conroy ruled this week that Sorokin, who will face scrutiny once released, would prevent her from posing a risk of absconding.
“She must comply with the terms of release imposed by both the New York State Parole Board and immigration authorities, which combined with her status as a public figure will make it particularly difficult for her to avoid detection.” ‘ Conroy wrote the scheme. “For all of these reasons, the court finds that Sorokin’s risk of absconding is sufficiently reduced.”
Dubbed the “SoHo Grifter” by several media outlets, Sorokin became the subject of “Inventing Anna,” a hit series on Netflix.
Her attorney, Duncan Levin, told The Daily Beast his team was “extremely pleased with the court’s decision,” and commended the judge for recognizing that “Anna poses no threat to the community.”
“While there are still a few hurdles to overcome on her release terms, Anna is thrilled to get out so she can focus on appealing her wrongful conviction,” Levin said, according to the outlet.
Another member of Sorokin’s legal team, John Sandweg, told Bloomberg that he felt the judge made the right decision as Sorokin has not been charged with a crime since 2017.
“And the evidence has clearly shown that any risk she poses can be adequately managed through surveillance, electronic surveillance, probation and ICE’s surveillance,” Sandweg said, according to the outlet.
Sorokin and her attorney, Levin, did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.