(CNN) — Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress Netflix’s “Inventing Anna” is based onremains in immigration and enforcement custody, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.
Her lawyer had reportedly feared her deportation when he was unable to reach her on Monday.
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Sorokin, 31, has been in ICE custody at the Orange County Correctional Facility in New York state since June 7 last year. a class-action lawsuit she filed earlier this month with several other immigration detainees†
“She remains in ICE custody pending removal,” ICE spokesman Emilio Dabul said in an email to CNN on Tuesday. The agency did not specify where Sorokin is currently being held and said it could not discuss future deportation plans.
Attorney Manny Arora told NBC News on Monday that he had not been able to reach Sorokin and “worked under the assumption that she is being evicted.” Arora was not immediately available for comment.
He told NBC that lawyers were given one month to appeal when an eviction notice was signed on Feb. 17.
“Legally, they shouldn’t be able to evict her until the 19th. … But we’re dealing with bureaucracy, and there are tons of files in her case, so you never know if there’s been a paperwork error,” Arora said, according to NBC.
Sorokin misled cashless victims by impersonating a German heiress named Anna Delvey with a $60 million trust fund.
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She was found guilty of stealing more than $200,000 from banks and friends as she made her way into New York society. the Manhattan District Attorney said after her 2019 conviction†
Sorokin was released from prison in February 2021 after serving nearly four years for theft and robbery. But it wasn’t long before she ended up behind bars again.
ICE took Sorokin into custody on March 25, 2021. In November, the Aliens Litigation Council granted an emergency reprieve in her case, ICE said. She’s fighting her deportation — and has also recently joined a group of plaintiffs suing the agency, alleging they demanded and denied Covid booster shots while in custody.
Sorokin’s case attracted a lot of attention afterwards a 2018 New York magazine article†
That article became the basis of Shonda Rhimes’ “Inventing Anna,” a dramatization that started streaming on Netflix last month† Actress Julia Garner, best known for her Emmy-winning role as Ruth in “Ozark,” plays Sorokin.
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