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Rhode Island man who faked his death to avoid sexual assault and fraud charges found alive in Scotland hospital

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Rhode Island man who faked his death to avoid sexual assault and fraud charges found alive in Scotland hospital

Virginia Aabram January 13, 03:58 PMJanuary 13, 03:58 PM

A Rhode Island man who apparently faked his own death in 2020 to evade charges was found alive, albeit on a ventilator due to COVID-19 complications, in Scotland.

Nicholas Alahverdian, also known as Nicholas Rossi to Utah authorities and Arthur Knight in Scotland, was arrested by Scottish police last month after he was admitted to a hospital in Glasgow. He disappeared nearly two years ago in an effort to avoid sexual assault charges in Utah and fraud charges in Ohio, claiming to be at death’s door with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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“Our office is grateful for the significant interagency collaboration of law enforcement to bring this suspect to justice,” Utah County Attorney David Leavitt said on Wednesday. “We credit Utah’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant funded through the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance as playing a significant role in testing backlogged kits and ultimately identifying the suspect.”

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Utah authorities alerted Interpol that Alahverdian was in Scotland after DNA evidence linked him to a sexual assault case in their state and others, leading to his arrest in the hospital, according to the Providence Journal.

“He was located in Scotland about a month ago, where he was on a ventilator,” Rhode Island State Police Maj. Robert Creamer told the outlet on Wednesday.

The Utah investigators made the connection after Alahverdian’s DNA, collected during a 2008 investigation that resulted in his conviction on two sex-related charges, was entered into a national database.

Alahverdian’s initial arrest allowed him to remain in the hospital with a guard outside the door, and he appeared on a Dec. 23 video call in relation to his extradition, the Scottish Sun reported. There has not been further movement on his extradition, the Journal said.

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Alahverdian is also wanted in Ohio on fraud allegations, reports said. His former foster mother said he sunk her husband nearly $200,000 into debt by obtaining loans and opening credit cards in his name. His ex-wife in the same state said she loaned him more than $60,000 that he never paid back.

Alahverdian posed as a critic of Rhode Island’s child welfare system and pushed local outlets to cover his story in the weeks before his alleged death, expressing outrage when they declined to do so. His obituary said his last words were “fear not and run toward the bliss of the sun.”

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