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A US fugitive who allegedly faked his own death to escape a rape charge faces extradition after being arrested in a Glasgow hospital.

Nicholas Rossi, 34, was wanted by Interpol in connection with the alleged sexual assault in Utah, US, in 2008.

He was arrested under the pseudonym Arthur Knight at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on December 13 after being admitted with coronavirus.

Utah prosecutors said the alleged fugitive “fleed the country to avoid prosecution” and “tried to trick investigators and state lawmakers in other states into thinking he was dead.” They are now asking for his extradition to Utah.

“We have full confidence and support from Police Scotland in this case,” Utah County Prosecutor David Leavitt said. “Ultimately, the decision on bail is left to international courts until Mr. Rossi is extradited to the United States.”

Police Scotland said the fugitive was arrested in Glasgow last month under an international arrest warrant.

A spokesperson said: “A report has been submitted to the tax prosecutor.”

Rossi used many aliases while on the run, including Nicholas Alahverdian, Nicholas Alahverdian Rossi, Nicholas Edward Rossi, Nicholas Alahverdian-Rossi, Nick Alan, Nicholas Brown, Arthur Brown, and Arthur Knight.

It was reported by multiple media outlets in 2020 that Nicholas Alahverdian died on February 29, 2020 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The site claimed that his body was cremated, while his ashes were scattered at sea.

An online obituary read: “The battle for the life of Nicholas Alahverdian ended on February 29, 2020.

“The children and families cared for by the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) whom he inspired and led through turbulent government transgressions have lost a warrior who fought on the front lines for two decades. “

Rossi used the alias while living in the state of Rhode Island and involved in local politics, it was reported.

It is understood the FBI also had a warrant for his arrest for defrauding his adoptive father by taking credit cards in his name and racking up debts of more than $200,000, according to BBC News.

The Utah rape charge was part of a review of historic sexual assault cases in which DNA evidence kits had not been tested.

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