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Anna Sorokin sues ICE because she caught covid ‘after being denied a booster shot’

Fake heiress and convicted scammer Anna Sorokin is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after she allegedly caught coronavirus when she was denied a booster vaccination shot. 

Sorokin, 31, along with three other detainees, filed the suit on Tuesday alleging federal authorities at the Orange County Correctional Facility in upstate New York violated their constitutional rights as ‘medically vulnerable individuals’ and engaged in ‘unlawful discrimination’ by refusing to issue the shot.

The famed Soho Grifter claims she tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-January after she made multiple requests for a booster shot and never received a response, according to the complaint obtained by DailyMail.com Thursday.

She also alleges she continues to experience lingering effects of the virus – including fatigue, coughing, brain fog and shortness of breath – and still seeks the jab ‘as she is concerned about getting sick from COVID-19 if she contracts it again’. 

Sorokin, who is fighting deportation to Germany, was placed in ICE custody last March after she allegedly overstayed her visa. 

The Russian-born scammer – whose story inspired the newly released Netflix series Inventing Anna – swindled banks and New York’s downtown socialite scene out of thousands of dollars between 2013 to 2017 while she lived in Manhattan and posed as Anna Delvey, a German heiress who had a $67million trust fund back in Europe.

Sorokin skipped out on exorbitant restaurant and hotel bills, and in one case, put a friend in an awkward position putting $62,000 – more than she made in a year -on her credit card to cover a stay at a lavish hotel in Marrakesh.  

In April 2019, Sorokin was convicted of four counts of theft services, three counts of grand larceny, and one count of attempted grand larceny. She was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but was out in February 2021. 

Anna Sorokin, along with three other ICE detainees, is suing federal authorities after she allegedly caught COVID-19 at the facility after having been denied a booster shot. She is pictured in court in May 2019

The complaint alleges ICE violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to substantive due process by failing to provide conditions of reasonable health and safety to people in detention.

Sorokin and the other plaintiffs accuse federal authorities  of creating conditions posing ‘unreasonable risk of serious harm’ and argue officials ‘knew or should have known’ that ‘medically vulnerable people in ICE detention facilities who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in accordance with CDC guidance, face an unreasonable risk to their health.’

The suit continues, claiming ICE has ‘recklessly disregarded their serious medical need for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.’

The plaintiffs also accused ICE of failing to provide ‘reasonable accommodations’ to persons with disabilities, citing their medical and psychological conditions – which include HIV, chronic kidney infection, and post-traumatic stress disorder – are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sorokin suffers from a chronic kidney infection, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the suit. 

She and the other plaintiffs have illnesses that reportedly ‘substantially impair major life activities’ and pose a risk that makes them ‘more likely than others to suffer serious illness or death from COVID-19’.

The group is also seeking an injunction ordering ICE to immediately provide them with a COVID booster shot. 

Sorokin claims she tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-January after she made multiple requests for a booster shot and never received a response. She also alleges she continues to experience lingering effects of the virus - including fatigue, coughing, brain fog and shortness of breath - and still seeks the jab 'as she is concerned about getting sick from COVID-19 if she contracts it again'

Sorokin claims she tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-January after she made multiple requests for a booster shot and never received a response. She also alleges she continues to experience lingering effects of the virus – including fatigue, coughing, brain fog and shortness of breath – and still seeks the jab ‘as she is concerned about getting sick from COVID-19 if she contracts it again’

Sorokin and the other plaintiffs claim ICE violated their constitutional rights as 'medically vulnerable individuals' and engaged in 'unlawful discrimination' by refusing to issue the shot. The complaint alleges Sorokin suffers from conditions, including chronic kidney infection and PTSD, that make her 'more likely to suffer serious illness or death from COVID'

Sorokin and the other plaintiffs claim ICE violated their constitutional rights as ‘medically vulnerable individuals’ and engaged in ‘unlawful discrimination’ by refusing to issue the shot. The complaint alleges Sorokin suffers from conditions, including chronic kidney infection and PTSD, that make her ‘more likely to suffer serious illness or death from COVID’

They also want a directive for all ICE detention centers to issue booster shots to all eligible detainees as well as provide adequate education, pre-vaccination consultation and documentation in accordance with CDC guidance.

Sorokin, according to the complaint, ‘has not heard of any other detained people getting boosters’ at the Orange County Correctional Facility and says she has ‘not seen any information distributed about boosters’.

She ‘feels that the staff have left her and other detainees unprotected in the facility’ and would like to see change implemented at the facility.

The group is also seeking financial retribution to cover the cost of their counsel and legal fees.

Sorokin’s attorney did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment, however, the American Civil Liberties Union – which filed the complaint on behalf of the plaintiffs – issued a statement to Reuters Wednesday saying Sorokin’s involvement in the suit ‘brings additional attention to the problem’. 

‘We were not looking to put fireworks around her name,’ ACLU attorney Arthur Spitzer said, adding that Sorokin was referred to their agency by another nonprofit. 

‘We thought to the extent that her involvement brings additional attention to the problem, it’s a plus for everyone and not just for her.’

Sorokin, in a statement provided to the news outlet, reiterated that she fears contracting COVID again.

‘I joined this lawsuit because everyone who wants a booster shot to protect themselves should be able to get one,’ she said.

Sorokin reiterated that she fears contracting COVID again. She said: 'I joined this lawsuit because everyone who wants a booster shot to protect themselves should be able to get one.' Sorokin is pictured in New York City in February 2021

Sorokin reiterated that she fears contracting COVID again. She said: ‘I joined this lawsuit because everyone who wants a booster shot to protect themselves should be able to get one.’ Sorokin is pictured in New York City in February 2021

The Russian-born scammer - whose story inspired the newly released Netflix series Inventing Anna - swindled banks and New York's downtown socialite scene out of thousands of dollars between 2013 to 2017 while she lived in Manhattan and posed as Anna Delvey, a German heiress who had a $67million trust fund back in Europe. In April 2019, Sorokin was convicted of four counts of theft services, three counts of grand larceny, and one count of attempted grand larceny. She is pictured in April 2019 during her trial

The Russian-born scammer – whose story inspired the newly released Netflix series Inventing Anna – swindled banks and New York’s downtown socialite scene out of thousands of dollars between 2013 to 2017 while she lived in Manhattan and posed as Anna Delvey, a German heiress who had a $67million trust fund back in Europe. In April 2019, Sorokin was convicted of four counts of theft services, three counts of grand larceny, and one count of attempted grand larceny. She is pictured in April 2019 during her trial

Last month, Sorokin penned an open letter while in COVID isolation whining about feeling like an afterthought, not being able to watch Inventing Anna and admitting she made ‘questionable choices.’ 

In the letter published by Insider, Sorokin laments about being held behind bars after being ruled ‘a continuous danger to the community’ and insist that she was fully and legally self-sufficient after being released in 2021. 

The 31-year-old claimed she paid off her criminal restitution and ‘accomplished more in the six weeks they deemed were long enough for me to remain free than some people have in the last two years’ although she does not specify how.  

Sorokin also said she is appealing her criminal conviction in an attempt to clear her name. ‘I did not break a single one of New York state’s or ICE’s parole rules,’ she adamantly states. 

She mocked the immigration judge’s ruling that ‘even if released from detention and ordered to report regularly to ICE, the respondent would have the ability and inclination to continue to commit fraudulent and dishonest acts’ and claim that she ‘failed to demonstrate remorse.’ 

Sorokin also complains about having to be put in ‘medical isolation’ for contracting COVID ‘even though there’s nothing medical about it.’ 

Sorokin was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but was out in February 2021. She was then placed in ICE custody last March after she allegedly overstayed her visa. Sorokin, who is pictured in Manhattan on Feb. 25, 2021, faces deportation back to Germany

Sorokin was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison, but was out in February 2021. She was then placed in ICE custody last March after she allegedly overstayed her visa. Sorokin, who is pictured in Manhattan on Feb. 25, 2021, faces deportation back to Germany

The Russian born criminal also complained about her inability to watch the Netflix series centered around her scandal starring Julia Garner as the scam artist. The 10-episode Shonda Rhimes-produced series premiered in February. 

Sorokin said she could ‘pull some strings and make it happen’ but brushed it off saying ‘nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum setting sounds appealing to me.’ 

‘I imagined for the show to be a conclusion of sorts, summing up and closing of a long chapter that had come to an end,’ she writes while sitting behind bars yet again.

She also noted she participated in nearly four years of phone conversations and in-person visits with the Inventing Anna creators and actors, but complained that the show was being told from a journalist’s perspective. 

‘While I’m curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought, the somber irony of being confined to a cell at yet another horrid correctional facility lost between the lines, the history repeating itself.’ 

Last month, Sorokin penned an open letter while in COVID isolation whining about feeling like an afterthought, not being able to watch Inventing Anna and admitting she made 'questionable choices'. A scene from the show, starring Julia Garner, is pictured above

Last month, Sorokin penned an open letter while in COVID isolation whining about feeling like an afterthought, not being able to watch Inventing Anna and admitting she made ‘questionable choices’. A scene from the show, starring Julia Garner, is pictured above

Sorokin noted that she felt like an 'afterthought' as the show was being told from a journalist's perspective, instead of hers. She said she participated in nearly four years of phone conversations and in-person visits with the Inventing Anna creators and actors (Pictured: Julia Garner as Anna Delvery, Katie Lowes as Rachel in Inventing Anna)

Sorokin noted that she felt like an ‘afterthought’ as the show was being told from a journalist’s perspective, instead of hers. She said she participated in nearly four years of phone conversations and in-person visits with the Inventing Anna creators and actors (Pictured: Julia Garner as Anna Delvery, Katie Lowes as Rachel in Inventing Anna)

Sorokin also admitted that she made 'questionable choices' calling herself an 'unreliable narrator'. Garner is pictured as Sorokin in Episode 2 of the show

Sorokin also admitted that she made ‘questionable choices’ calling herself an ‘unreliable narrator’. Garner is pictured as Sorokin in Episode 2 of the show

‘What you won’t see in the Netflix show is my newly acquired habit,’ she says noting how she ‘methodically’ bites the skin around her nails ‘until the nailbeds slowly fill with blood from both sides, collect at the tip, which I then squeeze until there’s enough to drip down the sink.’  

Thinking through her years spent behind bars she also bragged how she was considered ‘not a regular white girl, like the rest of them here.’ 

In the midst of her complaining she admitted: ‘I, the ultimate unreliable narrator, have made some questionable choices that I wouldn’t necessarily repeat today.’ 

Sorokin quickly followed her second of remorse by questioning whether she deserves to be deemed a permanent threat noting that other more violent criminals have been released. ‘It makes no sense for me to still be here,’ she insists.  

She ended her open-letter rattling off a series questions:

‘Will I forever be judged by my early-to-mid-twenties? Is there anything else I could possibly have done to close this chapter? Will I forever be stuck in a past not entirely of my creation without getting a chance to move on? How many years of reflecting on an overdrawn bank account are socially acceptable before one is allowed to open another one? How many ancient VHS tapes does one have to watch before one’s considered reformed?’ 

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