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Notorious fake heiress Anna Sorokin is pushing to be released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Custody and wants to remain in the U.S.
"I lived out most of my adult life in NY and a lot of my friends and support system are based in the U.S.," Sorokin, 31, told Fox News Digital in a statement over email. "I don't see a reason why I should be banned forever while so many violent offenders get released by ICE on daily basis."
The Russian-born German — who served four years after masquerading as an heiress named Anna Delvey between 2013 and 2017 — has been in ICE custody in Goshen, New York since 2021. She was arrested for overstaying her visa after being released from prison. She was convicted in 2019 of eight charges, including grand larceny and theft. Sorokin, along with other detainees, filed a class-action lawsuit against ICE earlier this year for allegedly neglecting to protect her from COVID-19.
"I can't wait to put my ICE issues behind me and finally get a chance to take back control of my story," she told Fox News.
While rumors swirled earlier this year that Sorokin was deported, the agency clarified that she is still in their custody; ICE previously told Oxygen.com on that she “remains in ICE custody pending removal.”
Sorokin's attorney Duncan Levin told Fox News that ICE is trying to get her deported back to Germany.
"And she is fighting that so that she can stay in the United States. So now she is fighting the deportation proceeding,” he said.
The lawyer said Levin said that Sorokin's legal team plans to file a "very strong appeal" soon.
"She is very optimistic about our case that we have for us and remains upbeat," he said.
Sorokin maintains in her email to Fox News that she has "a great network of people in place who support" her and that she is"constantly receiving various offers and introductions.”
Sorokin solicited $275,000 from friends, banks and businesses for what she has always maintained that was a legitimate business plan for her project, the Anna Delvey Foundation. Her lawyer has stated that she was merely trying to "fake it til she made it" in the difficult career waters of New York City.
Her story was recently the focus of the Netflix series “Inventing Anna,”
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