A Rhode Island man who faked his personal death to evade sex assault and fraud charges has been found alive in Scotland, reports mentioned.
Nicholas Alahverdian, who additionally goes by the final identify Rossi, supposedly died at age 32 in February 2020 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma however turned up final month at a Glasgow hospital the place he was on a ventilator for COVID-19, the Providence Journal reported Wednesday.
Hospital staffers solely discovered that Alahverdian, who was residing beneath the identify Arthur Knight, was a wished by Interpol when authorities turned up final month on the infirmary and arrested him, the Scottish Sun reported.
The fugitive was on the run from prison charges in Utah and Ohio, and faked his death so he may keep away from prosecution, the Utah County Attorney’s Office informed the Providence Journal.
“He has been taken into custody and the Utah County Attorney’s Office is working with federal and international agencies to extradite Mr. Rossi back to Utah,” the company mentioned in a press release.
Alahverdian is suspected in a lot of sexual assault instances in Utah and all through the US and can be accused of bilking $200,000 from his former foster mom in Ohio and $60,000 from Kathryn Heckendorn, his ex-wife, the Providence Journal reported.
Weeks earlier than his “death” in February 2020, Alahverdian urged native Rhode Island reporters to write about his impending demise, asserting that his work crusading towards the kid welfare system made it newsworthy, the outlet mentioned.
When the journalists failed to write about it, he grew indignant, the outlet mentioned.
An obituary written about Alahverdian’s “death” known as him a “warrior” for youngsters and said his final phrases have been “fear not and run toward the bliss of the sun.”
An individual who claimed to be his spouse requested lawmakers to take part in elaborate memorials of his life however the plans have been squashed when phrase unfold that Alahverdian was probably nonetheless alive.
“At first I didn’t believe it,” Heckendorn informed the outlet of the second a Utah public security official known as to inform her Alahverdian had been captured.
“I said this has to be Nick; he probably hired someone to get in touch with me to scope out the situation, because that’s the very special kind of deception he would do.”
Alahverdian is dealing with extradition proceedings within the UK, however It’s unclear when shall be introduced again stateside.