The coronavirus was the reason for exposing the fraud of an American criminal, who had pretended to be dead and had fled to Europe.
Nicholas Alaverdian, 34 years, was arrested by Interpol at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where he was hospitalized with severe coronavirus symptoms at the end of last year. Alaverdian had named the Scottish Police Arthur Knight, when he was arrested in the hospital room, but the Utah authorities, claim that this is just one of at least eight nicknames he used to escape arrest.
In fact, Alaverdian "disappeared" 2018 when DNA test linked him to another sexual assault in Ohio, and while he had been convicted of similar offenses in other US states.
He then falsified a cancer diagnosis and pretended to die, in February 2020, even causing emotion and a number of commemorative events by politicians of his birthplace, Rhode Island, where he was a prominent child rights activist! Alaverdian is currently being extradited to the United States.
He could not change his face
From her local police Glasgow an announcement was issued: "It is ironic that we found the 'dead' man alive, when he almost really dies. Unfortunately for him, he could not change his face and as soon as we saw him we realized that he was the man we were looking for ".
Earlier this week doctors and nursing staff, they were fighting to save Alaverdian, without knowing that he was one of the most wanted men in the world. Unsuspecting doctors treated the wanted criminal in the intensive care unit before they discovered that he had escaped from the American authorities and was on the red list of wanted persons..
Alaverdian, introduced in QEUH earlier this month, was arrested after being raided in his cell by Scottish police officers authorized by their US colleagues and placed under 24-hour guard..
Days later, the wanted person – whose crime has not been revealed – attended an extradition trial by an improvised court set up in his hospital room.
According to court documents obtained by the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, Alaverdian – at that time he used another name: Nicholas Rossi and had been sentenced to 2008 for two sex crimes. However, the DNA data in that case had not been entered in the national DNA database by 2017.
DNA betrayed him
A year later, DNA from recent sexual assault in Ohio was identified with the Alaverdian case in 2008.
In January 2020, through his account at Twitter, Alaverdian, revealed that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma Hodgkin in the last stage. He even appeared live on a local radio station and had stated: "Unfortunately, the disease came very early in my life. I'm just 32 years old and I wish I had the opportunity to live much longer to achieve everything,what I intended to do ".
At 3 In March it was announced that Alaverdian passed away At the age 32 years, just one month after his diagnosis was revealed: "He lived the life of a warrior. Fighter in the spirit, but a peacemaker in practice "…
His death, also moved the Rhode Island House of Representatives: "He was a devoted and loving father to his two children and his wife. A renowned writer and dedicated child rights activist is gone. "
Something was wrong with the dead man…
But after a few months, doubts were expressed for the death of Alaverdian , since no death certificate was found in Ireland, where he had traveled a few weeks before the "fatal" was announced.
In February 2021, radio producer John Depetro wrote in Twitter: "The FBI office in Ohio is contacting several residents and asking about a person who claimed to have died., but the authorities believe he is alive ".
Jeffrey Payne, a lawyer who had represented Alaverdian, said the FBI examines a fraud complaint filed against him in Ohio. In another strange development, a priest apparently contacted by Alaverdian's widow and asked for a memorial prayer, was informed by the police that he was not dead and had no reason to perform the prayer… The case is currently pending extradition.