An American fugitive who faked his personal dying to flee fraud and sexual assault costs within the US was lastly caught after being admitted to a hospital in Scotland final month with extreme signs of Covid.
Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, was arrested on an Interpol discover at the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow on December 13, the place he was intubated on a ventilator after practically dying of Covid-19.
Alahverdian’s severe sickness meant there was no likelihood of escape from legislation enforcement this time, after going to extraordinary lengths to evade seize.
He used the title Arthur Knight when detained by Police Scotland however it’s believed he went underneath no less than eight completely different aliases since occurring the run in 2018.
Alahverdian, whose additionally makes use of the surname Rossi, fled the US after DNA linked him to a intercourse assault in Ohio amid studies of comparable offences throughout the nation.
In accordance with the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace, he’s accused of fraud and sexual assault costs in no less than two states.
An obituary was posted in February 2020 which claimed Alahverdian had died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that his final phrases had been ‘worry not and run towards the bliss of the solar’.
The obituary claimed he handed away along with his spouse, household, and two kids at his beside.
‘His final phrases had been “worry not and run towards the bliss of the solar,”‘ the obituary mentioned. ‘On the time of his passing, the room was crammed with the sounds of the tip credit for the 1997 movie “Contact” by composer Alan Silvestri, a movie and rating which held particular that means for Mr. Alahverdian.’
Nicholas Alahverdian , 34, was arrested in December after being admitted to a hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, with extreme signs of Covid. He had fled the US in 2018 after
However doubts had been raised when an individual claiming to be his widow insisted his ashes can be scattered at sea and refused to point out his dying certificates to newspaper The Windfall Journal. Alahverdian’s foster mom additionally recognised the adulatory feedback in his obituary to be just like his writing model.
A yr after his purported ‘dying’, studies within the US emerged that police didn’t imagine he was lifeless and had been actively searching him.
He had beforehand been questioned by the FBI over a bank card fraud allegation.
However he’s now topic to extradition proceedings to Utah after DNA led officers to Scotland the place he was present in hospital on a ventilator.
In 2008, Alahverdian was convicted of two sexual assault costs in Ohio and in 2017 his DNA from that case was uploaded to a nationwide database.
Prosecutors declare that in 2020, his DNA matched samples from a sexual assault mentioned to have taken place in Utah and found he was suspect in numerous different incidents throughout America.
He additionally had a stay warrant out for his arrest after failing to register as a intercourse offender in Rhode Island.
Alahverdian is now the topic of extradition proceedings instigated by the Utah County Lawyer David Leavitt, who thanked police worldwide together with Police Scotland, for locating the wished man.
He mentioned: ‘Our workplace is grateful for the numerous interagency collaboration of legislation enforcement to carry this suspect to justice.’
Mr Alahverdian, 34, was arrested on an Interpol discover on the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow on December 13 after practically dying of Covid-19
An official Utah County Lawyer assertion added: ‘Investigators additionally realized that Nicholas Rossi had fled the nation to keep away from prosecution in Ohio and tried to guide investigators and state legislators in different states to imagine that he was deceased.
‘Via the diligent efforts of SBI Brokers, and varied investigators in different states and companies, and in cooperation with the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace, Mr. Rossi was found to be residing underneath an assumed title in Scotland.
‘He has been taken into custody and the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace is working with federal and worldwide companies to extradite Mr Rossi again to Utah.’
Rhode Island State Police Main Robert A. Creamer mentioned: ‘He was situated in Scotland a few month in the past, the place he was on a ventilator.’
A Police Scotland spokeswoman mentioned: ‘Officers arrested a 34-year-old man in Glasgow on Monday, December 13, in reference to a world arrest warrant. A report was submitted to the procurator fiscal.’
A Crown Workplace spokeswoman added: ‘I can affirm that Arthur Knight appeared by way of video hyperlink from QEUH on Thursday 23 December 2021 in relation to extradition proceedings for the US.
‘No future dates have but been mounted.’
Source: Day by day Mail