US man who faked death to evade rape charges found alive in UK | Coronavirus pandemic News

Nicholas Alfredian, 34, who fled the US to avoid prosecution, has been arrested in Glasgow after being hospitalized with COVID.

A Rhode Island man believed to have faked his death and fled the United States to evade prosecution in Utah and other states, has been arrested in Scotland after being hospitalized with COVID-19, authorities said.

Rhode Island State Police Major Robert Kramer told the Providence Journal on Wednesday that Nicholas Alaverdian was discovered after he had a serious case of coronavirus and was put on a ventilator at a hospital in Glasgow.

Afridi 34, who was wanted by Interpol, now faces extradition to the United States to face a first-degree rape charge in Utah in 2008.

Court documents disclosed Thursday showed that Afradian met a 21-year-old woman on MySpace in 2008, when he was living in Orem, Utah, and went by the name of Nicholas Rossi, WPRI-TV reported.

The woman said that she had ended the relationship, but that Alfredian owed her her money, promised to repay her, and instead sexually assaulted her in his apartment.

The Utah County District Attorney’s Office, David Levitt, said Wednesday that DNA evidence collected at that time was not tested until 2017 as part of the state’s effort to test the backlog of rape kits. Utah evidence eventually came back as matching a sexual assault case in Ohio.

“Investigators also learned that Nicholas Rossi fled the country to avoid prosecution in Ohio and attempted to lead investigators and state lawmakers in other states to believe that he had died,” Levitt’s office said in a statement. “Mr. Rossi discovered that he was living under an assumed name in Scotland.”

Rhode Island State Police also said he is wanted in that state for failing to register as a sex offender, while the FBI said he’s also wanted in his home state of Ohio on charges that he took credit cards in his adoptive father’s name and collected more than $200,000 in debt.

It is not clear whether Averdian has a lawyer or not. An email requesting comment was sent to the Alahverdian Family Office, which sent a notice in 2020 about his funeral and memorial rites at a church in Providence, Rhode Island.

Alfredian has for years been an outspoken critic of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, testifying before state legislators about being sexually abused and tortured while in foster care.

In 2020, he told local media that he had late-stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had weeks to live.

An obituary posted online claimed he died on February 29, 2020, but by last year, the Rhode Island State Police, a former Alahverdian attorney and former foster family were publicly questioning whether he was actually dead.

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