Man Found Thousands of Miles From Home After Allegedly Faking Death

Man Found Thousands of Miles From Home After Allegedly Faking Death

( – American humorist and author, Mark Twain, once told a journalist that news reports of his death were exaggerated. The same could be said for Nicholas Alahverdian, who reportedly died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2020. As it turns out, he’s alive — and not so well — at a Scottish hospital.

Alahverdian faked his death after learning the FBI wanted him on charges related to a $200,000 debt he racked up using fraudulently obtained credit cards in a relative’s name. Additionally, Rhode Island law enforcement officials named him a suspect in a 2008 rape case, and he owed an ex-wife tens of thousands of dollars.

Alahverdian reportedly pulled off his disappearance with the help of an unnamed woman who claimed to be his wife. She published an online tribute to him, complete with fake references to his time in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, charity work, and a bogus quote attributed to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

As fate would have it, Alahverdian ended up on a ventilator in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow after being hospitalized with COVID-19. He’d been living in Scotland under the assumed name of Arthur Knight. However, DNA test results recently linked him to genetic evidence collected from his 2008 victim, and Scottish hospital officials identified him from photographs.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Crown Office confirmed Alahverdian’s arrest. According to her, “Arthur Knight” showed up at a virtual court hearing on December 23, related to an extradition request from the United States.

It remains unclear when the Scottish Court will release Alahverdian/Knight to the custody of US law enforcement officials.

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