By Diana Dasrath and David K. Li – NBCnews
Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be a German heiress to carry out a series of scams In order to afford her lavish lifestyle in New York, she was released Friday from an upstate jail but now faces the possibility of deportation, authorities said.
Sorokin, who also used the name of Anna DeveyHe posted $10,000 bail and must remain under house arrest, wear an electronic ankle monitor and be barred from social media, his spokesman said.
The 31-year-old immigrant got an apartment in New York City, her representative said.
“After 17 months of detention, an immigration judge recognized that continued incarceration was no longer necessary for Anna,” her immigration attorney, John Sandweg, said in a statement sent to NBC News.
“This ruling does not mean that Anna will get a free pass. She will continue to face removal proceedings and her release will be closely monitored by ICE and the State of New York. However, as the court decided, the evidence showed that in her case the risks can be mitigated through proper supervision,” Sandweg said.
Sorokin, whose scams were dramatized in Inventing Annathe Netflix series, was taken into the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year and federal authorities are trying to deport her.
His federal arrest came after spent more than three years in prison for defrauding and attempting to defraud banks and hotels for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sorokin rose in Manhattan social circles, posing as a wealthy German heiress with important connections, according to prosecutors.
He also used a fictitious identity and falsified records to obtain bank loans and five-star hotel stays, while conning people in order to cover plane tickets and other luxury expenses, authorities said.
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Anna Sorokin, the false heiress who inspired Netflix series, is released from prison but faces deportation