Nicholas Alahverdian was presumed dead in 2020 after disappearing from society. However, the Rhode Island man has recently been spotted in Scotland. Authorities now state Alahverdian faked his death to evade fraud and sex assault charges.
Alahverdian’s Story is Movie-Worthy
The missing Rhode Island man, who also goes by the name of Nick Rossi, allegedly passed at 32, two years ago after a supposed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. It turns out everything was a lie. Nicholas Alahverdian is, in fact, alive and well.
The now 34-year-old was identified in a Glasgow, Scotland hospital where he was on a ventilator to help fight the effects of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The juicy news story was reported by the Providence Journal last Wednesday.
The official statement from the Utah County Attorney’s office reads as follows: “Investigators also learned that Nicholas Rossi had fled the country to avoid prosecution in Ohio and attempted to lead investigators and state legislators in other states to believe that he was deceased.
Through the diligent efforts of SBI Agents, and various investigators in other states and agencies, and in cooperation with the Utah County Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rossi was discovered to be living under an assumed name in Scotland. 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.”
Alahverdian was living in Scotland under the pseudonym of Arthur Knight. He was wanted by Interpol at the time that he arrived at the Glasgow hospital. Though Alahverdian was quite sick when he visited the hospital for treatment, authorities opted to arrest him, to ensure that he faces trial for sex assault and fraud charges.
The missing man had originally told authorities he had merely weeks to live back in 2020 after his alleged non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. However, it appears as though he dreamed up the diagnosis to bide his time prior to fleeing criminal charges in Ohio and Utah. He successfully avoided prosecution, left the United States, and started his life over in Glasgow, Scotland.
Justice Will Be Served
Alahverdian was taken into custody earlier this week. The Utah County Attorney’s office is collaborating with international and federal agencies to extradite the suspect back to the state of Utah. Alahverdian has been accused of sexual assault by several individuals in Utah and other parts of the United States. Alahverdian also allegedly stole several hundred thousand dollars from his previous foster mother and more than $50,000 from his former spouse.
Alahverdian had attempted to persuade Rhode Island reporters to detail his illness and impending death in the winter of 2020. He nearly convinced local journalists that his supposedly heroic efforts in support of child welfare combined with his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis, made him a sympathetic figure worth writing about. When his efforts to gather sympathy failed, Alahverdian became enraged and fled the country to avoid sexual assault and fraud trials.
Alahverdian’s character reformation was evidenced in his fake obituary. The obituary described Alahverdian as a “warrior” for youngsters, when the truth appears to be the exact opposite. If the allegations are true, he is a serial sexual abuser and a fraudster.
Alahverdian’s Role in the Utah Child Welfare Program
Alahverdian, a harsh critic of Utah’s Child Welfare program, had encouraged lawmakers to enact reforms prior to his supposed death. Alahverdian’s widow seems to have played along with the alleged death, contributing to his obituary and transmitting an email from the family office of Alahverdian to relevant parties. However, it is unknown as to whether Alahverdian’s wife knew of the entirety of the scam, part of it, or none of it.
Alahverdian’s former foster mother told media representatives that Alahverdian had nearly two dozen credit cards, each of which was fraudulently obtained. She also alleges the scamster took out massive loans under her husband’s name and had debts amounting to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. Alahverdian owed his ex-wife more than $50,000 from a loan after divorcing her just two years after tying the knot.
Alahverdian failed to register as a sex offender prior to his sexual assault trial, then suddenly disappeared, creating the impression that he passed away from cancer. Two years later, and authorities were hot on the chase to pinpoint his location.
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State police still had an active warrant for Alahverdian’s arrest. The warrant pertained to Alahverdian’s failure to register as a sex offender in the state of Rhode Island. Alahverdian was convicted on separate sex-related charges in ’08 after forcing sexual intercourse on a student at Dayton’s Sinclair Community College.