NEW YORK (AP) – Convicted fraudster Anna Sorokin spoke to The New York Times about how important it is to her to stay in New York despite the risk of deportation.
Sorokin’s case became the basis for the series “Inventing Anna” on Netflix. She was released Friday from US immigration detention to house arrest. She told the Times she would feel like she was “running from something” if she were to be deported to Germany.
“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.” Sorokin told the Times late Friday night.
Last week, an immigration judge cleared the way for Sorokin, 31, to be released to home while the deportation battle plays out. Now she is wearing an ankle monitor after posting a $10,000 bond.
For years, Sorokin used the name Anna Delvey to pass herself off as the wealthy daughter of a German diplomat and lied about having a bankroll of $67 million (68 million euros) abroad to create the impression that she could cover her debts, prosecutors said.
After serve three years in prison for swindling $275,000 from banks, hotels and wealthy New Yorkers to finance her luxurious lifestyle, Sorokin was detained by immigration authorities last year, who claimed she had overstayed her visa and must return to Germany, where she is a citizen.
When asked what she plans to do next, Sorokin told the Times that she is working on her own podcast, which has not materialized yet, and that she wants to work on criminal justice reform to highlight the struggles of other young women .
Sorokin also talked about how much she’s learned while in prison and how it’s impossible “to have gone through what I’ve gone through without changing.”
This story has been updated to correct the day Sorokin was released from U.S. immigration detention to Friday, not Saturday.