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A fake German heiress arrested in the United States is threatened with deportation

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NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. immigration officials said on Thursday they had arrested Anna Sorokin, an artist who died as a wealthy German heiress who spent more than three years behind bars for falsifying New York banks and hotels.

Sorokin, who found the Manhattan elite using the name Anna Delvi, remained in jail in New York’s Bergen district days after being deported to his native Germany.

The 30-year-old was transferred to the US Immigration Service on March 25. The agency’s spokesman Markus John Onson told the Associated Press.

The postponement could mean that the one-time lover of the New York social scene is challenging his deportation, which has been working since he was sentenced in 2019. With numerous charges of crime and theft.

The ICE declined to comment on Sorokin’s immigration. Sorokin’s lawyer also refused to discuss the case. A message was left at the German Embassy in Washington seeking comment.

Prosecutors say Sorokin falsified records, defrauded financial institutions, and Manhattan celebrities, claiming he had $ 67 million (60 million euros) abroad, which could cover his high-end clothing, luxury hotels.

Among other lies, he claimed that his father, a former truck driver who worked in the heating and cooling business, was a diplomat or an oil baron.

According to the prosecutor’s office, his trick was to apply for a $ 22 million loan to finance a private art club, which included exhibitions, installations and pop-up shops. He was denied the loan, but a bank persuaded him to give him a $ 100,000 loan, which he was unable to repay.

In all, prosecutors charged him with stealing about $ 275,000.

Sorokin, known as “Soho Griffter”, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after a trial that drew international media attention. He was released from prison in February.

In a recent interview with the BBC, he said that his blatant falsifications had paid off, noting that he was writing a book and working on several other projects.

“I try to focus on what I get for the positive,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Michael R. Sisak contributed to this report.

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