Celebrity con artist Anna Sorokin had a busy first day under house arrest, striking multiple poses in a photoshoot from the windows and roof of her new East Village apartment building.
The fake German heiress, whose years of cheating New York’s elite was the subject of the Netflix show Inventing Anna, smiled for a photographer on Saturday as she leaned out of her walk-in apartment window, wearing her signature thick-rimmed glasses and a black, hoodie .
The 31-year-old posed as the photographer stood on the fire escape of her building – where she was ordered to remain under 24-hour house arrest with electronic surveillance following her release from prison earlier this week.
She was also seen strutting on her roof.
Sorokin, who had hailed her way through New York’s elite circles and pretended to be a wealthy heiress named Anna Delvey, won her release from Orange County Correctional Facility, where she had spent the last 17 months in ICE custody while fighting her deportation fought.
As part of her release, she was also banned from all forms of social media. She posted bail of $10,000, which Sorokin’s rep said she earned by selling her artwork online.
Sorokin was making her way to Manhattan when she disembarked on Friday and has made herself comfortable in her new digs to plan her future ventures, in addition to peacocking for photos.
“She’s relaxed and adjusting to the rules and hopefully her new future,” a Sorokin representative told The Post.
“She’s been on the phone, eating food outside of prison, and planning her immigration hearing and appeal [as] as well as their future entrepreneurial ventures,” the spokesman said.
In 2019, Sorokin was convicted on eight counts, including grand larceny and theft of services. She was also convicted of attempted grand larceny for attempting to secure a $22 million bank loan for an art association.
She served four years in prison and was released on February 11, 2021 for good behavior. Six weeks later, on March 25, 2021, she was picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and held at the Orange County Correctional Facility.
She plans to appeal both her criminal conviction and her deportation, the latter of which legal experts say she is unlikely to win.
“I think the chances that she can stay in the country are extremely slim. She’s basically on the fast track to permanent removal from the United States,” said immigration attorney Nicola Tegoni of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller in Manhattan
Tegoni said she could be saved from deportation if she wins an appeal against her original conviction.
“If the appellate judge overturns the conviction, there are no deportation consequences,” he said.
In an interview with The New York Times from her new apartment, Sorokin said she hopes to support herself with her art in the future and is considering other possible projects. She had a solo show in NYC in May called Allegedly and was selling pieces through social media.
“I haven’t found my whole life out in two days. But I managed to make something of my life while I was in prison, so I think that will be a little bit easier,” she said.
Sorokin is considering starting a podcast and writing a book — “something involving criminal justice reform to highlight the struggles of other girls,” she told the Times.
Behind bars, the German was sharply critical of the US immigration system. When asked why she chose to remain in prison in America rather than return to Germany, she told the newspaper it was “a sign of surrender.”
“I just didn’t want it to go the way ICE wanted it to. To let them deport me would have been like a sign of surrender — a confirmation of that perception of me as this shallow person who only cares about obscene wealth, and that’s just not the reality,” she said.
“I could have gone but I decided against it because I’m trying to correct what I did wrong. I have so much history in New York and I felt like if I was in Europe I would be running away from something. But if prison doesn’t prove people wrong, then what will?”
Sorokin told the newspaper she took “a new perspective” on her release from prison this time compared to her first release in February 2021, before she was arrested by ICE.
Other residents of Sorokin’s house didn’t seem bothered by their new neighbor.
“She wasn’t hateful or murderous. She wasn’t scary. I am definitely against white-collar crime. They should be prosecuted just like everyone else, but there’s something likable about her,” said Abbe Hill, 58, a performer.
Hill’s daughter Be Hill, 17, told the Post: “She stole some money. I didn’t see any problem. I thought it was cool, whatever.”
Hill said she would “ask her how she did it. I’m curious.”
https://nypost.com/2022/10/08/anna-sorokin-out-on-house-arrest-poses-from-window-and-roof-of-new-manhattan-apartment/ Anna Sorokin, who is under house arrest, poses from the window and rooftop of a new Manhattan apartment