A fugitive who faked his death in order to escape sex and fraud charges in the US has been caught at a hospital in Scotland where he was on a ventilator with the coronavirus.
Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, was intubated and almost died of Covid-19 at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. He was arrested on December 13.
Alahverdian pretended that he died of cancer in February 2020 to try to escape a 2008 sexual assault charge he faced in Utah. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office started searching for him in 2020 after examining sexual assault kits and connecting him to the 2008 case that had been closed without being sent to prosecutors.
In addition, Alahverdian ran from unspecified charges in Ohio. He had fraud and extortion complaints in both Utah and Ohio, according to the Providence-Journal.
Alahverdian, who said he is married with two children, was convicted in Ohio of sexual imposition and public indecency in 2008.
He claimed that he died in Rhode Island. His obituary in February 2020 stated that he died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His last words were apparently ‘fear not and run toward the bliss of the sun’.
Rhode Island Representative Frank McCabe in March 2020 remembered Alahverdian as ‘an accomplished author and child welfare reform advocate’.
‘During his years in the custody of DCYF (Department of Children, Youth, and Families), he endured significant abuse, depravation of education, neglect, and unhealthy living conditions,’ McCabe said at the time. ‘The challenges he faced throughout those years could have irrevocably changed his life.’
A year after Alahverdian’s faked death, reports emerged that cops did not believe he died. Police tracked him down due to his new medical problem.
Alahverdian faced extradition from his hospital room in Scotland in December. It is not known if he has returned to the US.
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