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Fugitive Who Faked His Own Death And Fled America Is Discovered In Scotland

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An American fugitive who faked his death and fled the country has been arrested in Scotland.

Nicholas Rossi, who’s also been known by the aliases Nicholas Alahverdian and Nicholas Alahverdian Rossi, is wanted in connection with allegations of a sexual assault in Utah in 2008 and an attack in Ohio the same year, according to the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

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News emerged on February 29, 2020, that the 34-year-old had passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with a website claiming he’d been cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

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However, Rossi was discovered in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow in December, where he was being treated for COVID-19. He was arrested while using another alias, Arthur Knight, and is currently under supervision by police, with plans being drawn up for his extradition back to the US.

If he hadn’t contracted coronavirus and required medical care, he’d still be ‘off the grid’, Utah County Attorney David O. Leavitt said.

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‘It’s a lot more difficult than people imagine. People may not know where you are, but with social media, the world is small enough that if anyone sees a picture of you… if you’re going to be off the grid, you better stay in your house and never leave, because someone is going to see you,’ he said, as per NBC News.

‘Our hats are off to the people who stuck with this and made it happen. There was lots of hard work behind the scenes.’

Rossi had ‘fled the country to avoid prosecution’ and ‘attempted to lead investigators and state legislators in other states to believe that he was deceased’, according to Utah prosecutors. He’s also suspected to be connected to a number of ‘similar offences’ in Utah in 2008.

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‘Our office is grateful for the significant interagency collaboration of law enforcement to bring this suspect to justice. 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,’ Leavitt added.

Jeffrey Pine, former Rhode Island attorney general and attorney for Rossi, admitted that his death was a bit ‘suspicious… but on the other hand, I accepted what his wife told me. I mean, I don’t want to insult someone by saying they’re not dead. So I accepted it at face value.’

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Topics: News, Now, Scotland, US, Utah

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  1. NBC News

    Man who faked death to evade U.S. sex assault charges found hospitalized with Covid in Scotland, officials say

  2. FOX 13 News Utah/YouTube

    Utah suspect hiding in Scotland arrested after sexual assault kit tested

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