Anna Sorokin sues COVID-19 booster shot behind bars

Anna Sorokin

Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin is led away after being convicted in Manhattan Supreme Court May 9, 2019 after being convicted on multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services. (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

con artist Anna Sorokin has new court drama on the horizon and is filing a federal lawsuit to get a COVID-19 booster in the immigration lockdown.

In a class-action lawsuit filed with three other inmates, Sorokin alleges she tested positive for coronavirus behind bars in January after employees at the Orange County Correctional Facility rejected multiple requests for a booster shot.

The so-called “fake heiress” used the pseudonym to downplay her Russian-German origins Anna Delvey when she duped the rich and powerful, leading to her grand theft lawsuit of larceny more than $275,000 from major financial institutions, banks, hotels and acquaintances in the United States. She was convicted on May 9, 2019 after a trial that exposed her years of deception towards the elite between 2013 and 2017.

The length, scale and ambition of Sorokin’s plan ensured constant tabloid headlines and viral success New York Magazine Profile of journalists Jessica PresslerLater he decided to do a Netflix series “Inventing Anna”. The series boasted attendance recordif mediocre Reviews, with one in particular devastating writing slamming the show’s “quasi-feminist, girlboss-like” claims.

Sorokin, who is now represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, is awaiting deportation to Germany after serving less than two years of her four- to 12-year sentence, but she says her immigration detention has not been easy. Originally held at the Bergen County Correctional Facility in New Jersey, she was transferred to a facility about 66 miles northwest of New York City.

“She has multiple medical conditions that make her vulnerable to serious illness or death from COVID-19, including chronic kidney infection, as well as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder,” the class-action lawsuit reads. “She is an otherwise qualified person with a disability under the Rehabilitation Act.”

Three other immigrant detainees being held at facilities in Arizona and California –Miguel Angel Escalante, Kenet Jefet Hernandez Herreraand Ramon Dominguez Gonzalez– are named as joint plaintiffs. All four state that their health conditions put them at particular risk of contracting COVID-19.

“Plaintiffs are medically vulnerable individuals who are being held in detention facilities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) while awaiting resolution on their civil immigration cases,” the lawsuit reads. “As COVID-19 continues to spread in ICE detention facilities, plaintiffs fear for their health and safety. Since the advent of the Omicron variant, COVID-19 has flooded through ICE prisons. In January 2022 alone, the number of COVID-19 cases in ICE detention facilities increased by over 800 percent among inmates.”

Escalante is HIV positive. Hernandez Herra is a former smoker with mental illness. Dominguez Gonzalez says he still has breathing problems from his last fight with COVID-19, which he caught in immigration detention.

Sorokin says her COVID infection behind bars earlier this year left her with “persistent effects including fatigue, coughing, brain fog and shortness of breath.”

“After exiting quarantine on January 29, 2022, Ms. Sorokin requested the refresher again when she had a doctor’s visit for a general physical,” the lawsuit reads. “Although a nurse told her she would be seen by a doctor to address this, she has never heard from a booster shot since. She has not heard of any other inmate who received a booster shot in Orange County, nor has she seen any information about booster shots. She is particularly frustrated at contracting COVID-19 after Orange County failed to give her a booster shot at her original request, and feels staff left her and other inmates vulnerable at the facility. Ms Sorokin wants a booster shot as soon as she is medically eligible due to fears of contracting COVID-19 if she contracts it again.”

Represented in her criminal trial Todd Spodek– who is now being held back by a jury whose alleged deception has been cast Ghislaine Maxwells sex trafficking conviction revolt– Sorokin has a new group of attorneys representing her civil suit, led by the ACLUs Eunice H. Cho and Arthur B. Spitzer.

ICE did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

Read the lawsuit below:

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