The suspected conman Nicholas Alahverdian, who also goes by Nicholas Rossi, is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of two sex-related crimes in 2008

The suspected conman Nicholas Alahverdian, who additionally goes by Nicholas Rossi, is a registered intercourse offender. He was convicted of two sex-related crimes in 2008

An intellectually ‘harmful’ man who faked his personal loss of life and moved overseas to flee intercourse assault and fraud-related expenses was so charismatic that as a boy, he practically satisfied a state consultant to undertake him. 

Brian Coogan, 51, stated he met suspected conman Nicholas Alahverdian – who’s awaiting extradition to the U.S. after being nabbed in Scotland for a 2008 Utah rape – in 2000 whereas representing Rhode Island’s sixty fourth District.

Alahverdian, now 34, was about 14 on the time of their first introduction; he met and charmed many politicians, together with Coogan, whereas working as an errand boy on the state Home of Representatives.

He is now the speak of the nation after it was revealed Wednesday that he faked his personal loss of life and claimed to be buried at sea in 2018, as police moved in on him for fraud and intercourse crime-related expenses. Police found he was alive and unwell after he was hospitalized in Scotland and practically died after contracting COVID.

Alahverdian has been described as each vindictive and charming, and could be seen posing in an undated photograph with former Vice President Mike Pence. 

Coogan advised that he was initially enamored by the troubled teen – who claimed to be sexually and bodily victimized in foster care – and moved to provide him a everlasting household after Alahverdian ‘begged me to undertake him’ shortly after assembly him in 2000.

On the day he was in courtroom to start adoption proceedings, Coogan stated he overheard Alahverdian threatening a social employee, saying: ‘I will inform them you abused me, that you just hit me.’ 

A decide later talked Coogan and his spouse out of it, warning that he was ‘manipulative’ and liable to stealing peoples’ identities.

Coogan stated he in the end found Alahverdian’s darkish facet on his personal, as their relationship spanned practically 20 years and so they had a number of falling outs through the years. 

In an astonishing interview with, Coogan recounted quite a few, weird interactions with Alahverdian.

Coogan detailed a interval when Alahverdian would drive round Rhode Island in a limousine and picked up massive restaurant tabs after profitable $70,000 in a civil lawsuit for the abuse he allegedly suffered in foster care. The case had been settled in 2013 and till then, Alahverdian was surviving on incapacity checks. 

He recalled assembly Alahverdian’s spouse throughout their two-year marriage, which spanned 2015 to 2017, when Alahverdian handled the group to a lavish, $1,300 meal at Windfall’s costliest restaurant.

Throughout a dialog along with his ex following their divorce, Coogan realized that Alahverdian seemingly bankrolled the feast with cash he stole from his then-wife and oldsters, whose financial institution accounts he allegedly drained.

All through the years, Coogan additionally heard tales about how Alahverdian conned plenty of different victims, convincing them to provide him cash after which threatening them and ‘making their lives horrible.’

Brian Coogan (pictured) and his wife nearly adopted Alahverdian in 2000, but a judge convinced him not to

Brian Coogan (pictured) and his spouse practically adopted Alahverdian in 2000, however a decide satisfied him to not

Alahverdian was described as both charming and vindictive by a former acquaintance. He is pictured in this undated photo with former vice president Mike Pence

Alahverdian was described as each charming and vindictive by a former acquaintance. He’s pictured on this undated photograph with former vice chairman Mike Pence

On one event, certainly one of Coogan’s teenage family paid Alahverdian $200 to assist with a highschool project, he stated. Alahverdian took the cash after which tried to shake the household down for more money by threatening to report the plagiarized project to the college principal, Coogan stated.

When Coogan ran in his remaining election marketing campaign – he believes it was 2018 – he stated Alahverdian caught wind of it and confirmed up unsolicited at his home, driving a U-Haul truck packed along with his belongings.

He stated the truck was crammed with costly marketing campaign gear; Coogan advised him he wasn’t searching for assistance on the marketing campaign, however was finally goaded into letting Alahverdian assist when his aged mother and father fell ailing.

When his mother and pop died three weeks aside, he dropped out of the race, drawing the ire of Alahverdian.

‘He begins saying, “I moved again right here for you. You took benefit of me like everyone else,”‘ Coogan advised ‘I stated, “Whoa, whoa, Nick. I did not I did not ask you to maneuver again.”‘ 

‘He is loopy. However he is aware of methods to make you’re feeling unhealthy.’

After their remaining falling out, Coogan stated the alleged conman created a meanspirited, fictitious Wikipedia article concerning the lawmaker. 

‘Nick could be very harmful with the pc, as you understand that the FBI could not catch him,’ Coogan stated. 

‘That is how harmful this child is. And he is very vindictive. When he will get on you, he will not stop.

‘He is a really, very, very good child. He is harmful.’ 

Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, staged his personal loss of life in 2018 to flee intercourse and fraud expenses

Alahverdian was arrested on an Interpol discover on the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow on December 13. He had checked in below the alias Arthur Knight, and was intubated after practically dying of the virus. 

Alahverdian – who claimed to have died of most cancers in February 2020 earlier than being buried at sea – is being sought over a 2008 sexual assault cost in Utah.

He’s accused of raping an ex-girlfriend in September 2008, with investigators discovering he’d been reported to the police over related alleged assaults in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Utah and Ohio.  

The faker, who’s often known as Nicholas Rossi, was convicted of sexual assault following an ‘encounter’ with one other scholar at Sinclair Group School in Dayton, Ohio.

He’s suspected of finishing up a number of different intercourse assaults, and was additionally accused of a $200,000 fraud after taking out bank cards and loans in his foster mom’s husband’s identify in Ohio, it’s alleged. 

Alahverdian divorced his second spouse in 2017 after lower than two years of marriage, and can be stated to owe her $52,000. 

Each of his former spouses took out restraining orders in opposition to him after their marriage ended. 

Years earlier than the made-for-Hollywood story unfolded, Alahverdian was a Rhode Island political activist who claimed to be victimized by the foster system as youngster, and who referred to as for modifications to state legislation. 

His story of a person with a haunted previous – who overcame adversity to turn into a Harvard-educated political scientist – amazed the circles he frequented, with a number of lawmakers taking pity on him. 

Coogan described him as an extremely charming man who went from operating errands on the Rhode Island State Home to hobnobbing with the area’s most necessary politicians. 

Alahverdian traveled in prestigious circles. He's pictured with East Providence Mayor Bob da Silva

Alahverdian traveled in prestigious circles. He is pictured with East Windfall Mayor Bob da Silva

Coogan stated Alahverdian was at one level on pleasant phrases with Rhode Island’s governor and Speaker of the Home.

‘He was round essentially the most highly effective folks in Rhode Island,’ he stated. ‘And folks do not perceive how he [managed to be] round these highly effective folks.’ 

Utah County Sheriff’s Workplace in Provo started the hunt for Alahverdian in 2020 after testing outdated sexual assault kits, and linking him to a 2008 case which had been closed by a detective with out being referred to prosecutors. 

They stated DNA led to his seize in Scotland, though it’s unclear how workers on the hospital grew suspicious of him.

‘That is the place we started this investigation,’ Utah County District Lawyer David Leavitt advised Thursday. ‘And what we discovered was a path of victims from Utah to Ohio to Rhode Island, Massachusetts. All have very related patterns, very related tales.’

An memorial tribute was posted in February 2020 which claimed Alahverdian had died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that his last words were 'fear not and run toward the bliss of the sun'

An memorial tribute was posted in February 2020 which claimed Alahverdian had died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that his final phrases had been ‘worry not and run towards the bliss of the solar’

This map shows the trail of havoc and alleged criminal behavior carried out by Nicholas Alahverdian across the US

This map reveals the path of havoc and alleged legal conduct carried out by Nicholas Alahverdian throughout the US 

Felony previous of Nicholas Alahverdian 

Date unknown: Failure to register as a intercourse offender in Rhode Island. Accused of separate assault which allegedly noticed him kidnap and sexually assault a lady

Date unknown: Accused of comparable abduction and sexual assault try in Massachusetts    

2008: Convicted of sexual assault in Ohio after an ‘encounter’ with a fellow scholar at Sinclair Group School in Dayton. In September 2008, he allegedly raped an ex-girlfriend in Orem, Utah – the allegation that led to his arrest in December 2021.  

2017: Fraud in Ohio. Former foster mother in similar state accused Alahverdian of $200,000 rip-off which noticed him allegedly take out faux bank cards and loans in her husband’s identify 

February 2020: Fakes his personal loss of life of lymphoma, with unnamed ‘widow’ claiming  Alahverdian had been buried at sea. In July, DNA hyperlinks him to 2008 intercourse assault in Orem, Utah – the cost which in the end led to his discovery in Scotland

December 2021: Arrested at hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, whereas intubated with COVID on suspicion of Utah intercourse assault

January 2022: Set to be extradited again to the US, the place Alahverdian is sort of sure to face additional fraud expenses for faking his personal loss of life in February 2020

The prosecutor stated Alahverdian had additionally fled expenses in Ohio, though additional particulars of the allegations in opposition to Alahverdian – who claims to be a married dad of two youngsters – haven’t been shared.   

He additionally confronted fraud and extortion complaints in Utah and Ohio, the Windfall-Journal reported. It’s unclear if the Ohio fraud cost is linked to the fraudulently obtained loans and bank cards. 

He was convicted in Dayton, Ohio in 2008 of public indecency and sexual imposition; Alahverdian claimed in a 2013 civil lawsuit that the fees stemmed from accusations he masturbated in a hallway of Sinclair Group School.

Alahverdian claimed to have died in Rhode Island, the place his reported passing was mourned by state representatives, along with his present medical points that means cops had been lastly capable of observe him down and arrest him. 

The Windfall Journal refused to publish an obituary for Alahverdian after a lady claiming to be his third spouse failed to supply a loss of life certificates, having claimed that her ‘partner’ was buried at sea.  

He confronted an extradition through video hyperlink from his Scottish hospital room final month, and was saved below police guard. He’s believed to stay in custody in Scotland awaiting extradition to the US. 

The con noticed a gushing obituary to Alahverdian posted on-line, which his former foster mother suspected the alleged fraudster had written himself, after recognizing his writing type.

There was additionally a supposedly posthumous YouTube plea, uploaded three weeks after Alahverdian’s loss of life, asking supporters to assist the previous foster youngster push for reform of Rhode Island’s Division of Youngsters, Youth, and Households.

Talking in a croaky voice in the direction of the top of a self-aggrandizing video touting his achievements, Alahverdian stated: ‘I am Nicholas Alahverdian and I kindly ask with you to hitch with me in my remaining combat to reform DCYF.’ 

An area radio station’s information report saying Alahverdian’s loss of life was additionally uploaded to the identical YouTube channel, in an try and underline that Alahverdian actually was useless. 

Alahverdian, 34, was arrested on an Interpol notice at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on December 13 after nearly dying of Covid-19

Alahverdian, 34, was arrested on an Interpol discover on the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow on December 13 after practically dying of Covid-19

In March 2020, Rhode Island Consultant Frank McCabe eulogized him as ‘an completed writer and youngster welfare reform advocate’.

‘Throughout his years within the custody of DCYF, he endured important abuse, depravation of training, neglect, and unhealthy dwelling situations,’ McCabe stated within the Home Chamber. ‘The challenges he confronted all through these years might have irrevocably modified his life.

‘As an alternative, these hardships gave him understanding, ardour and drive. Greater than a survivor, Nicholas endured and in the end overcame these years within the system,’

A ‘memorial’ Twitter accounted presupposed to be run by ‘Nick’s widow Louise Alahverdian’ appeared to exist to close down any claims he was alive.

‘Extra faux information about Nick is launched the extra the Rhode Island gov & now the FBI show they tried to silence him,’ stated one tweet. ‘Too late. Distinction now could be he’s deceased & I as his spouse and 20+ workers can inform his story. He left 7 manuscripts to publish. RI politics won’t ever be the identical.’

There isn’t any proof on-line that Louise Alahverdian exists.

The intercourse offender, beforehand convicted of two intercourse assaults in Ohio in 2008, used the identify Arthur Knight when detained by Police Scotland officers, however it’s believed he went below a minimum of eight totally different aliases since occurring the run in 2018.

Additional particulars on how Knight had ended up in Scotland, and the way lengthy he had been there, have but to emerge.  

Alahverdian, whose additionally makes use of the surname Rossi, fled the US after DNA linked him to a intercourse assault in Ohio amid stories of comparable offences throughout the nation.

In line with the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace, he’s accused of fraud and sexual assault expenses in a minimum of two states.

An obituary was posted in February 2020 which claimed Alahverdian had died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that his final phrases had been ‘worry not and run towards the bliss of the solar’.

'At the time of his passing, the room was filled with the sounds of the end credits for the 1997 film ¿Contact¿ by composer Alan Silvestri, a film and score which held special meaning for Mr. Alahverdian,' the obituary said

‘On the time of his passing, the room was crammed with the sounds of the top credit for the 1997 movie “Contact” by composer Alan Silvestri, a movie and rating which held particular that means for Mr. Alahverdian,’ the obituary stated

The obituary claimed he handed away along with his spouse, household, and two youngsters at his beside. 

‘On the time of his passing, the room was crammed with the sounds of the top credit for the 1997 movie “Contact” by composer Alan Silvestri, a movie and rating which held particular that means for Mr. Alahverdian,’ the obituary stated. 

The tribute additionally described him as ‘one of the vocal, outspoken, and constructive advocates for reforming Rhode Island’s [Department of Children, Youth and Families] and the kid care system.’  

A 12 months after his self-proclaimed ‘loss of life’, stories within the US emerged that police didn’t consider he was useless and had been actively looking him.

He had beforehand been questioned by the FBI over a bank card fraud allegation.

However he’s now topic to extradition proceedings to Utah after DNA led officers to Scotland the place he was present in hospital on a ventilator.

In 2008, Alahverdian was convicted of two sexual assault expenses in Ohio and in 2017 his DNA from that case was uploaded to a nationwide database.

Alahverdian grew up in foster care in Rhode Island and ‘made it his mission to combat in opposition to his mission to combat in opposition to what he described as abuses within the state’s childcare system,’ native radio station WRPO 630 stated in reporting his loss of life.

Prosecutors declare that in 2020, his DNA matched samples from a sexual assault stated to have taken place in Utah and found he was suspect in plenty of different incidents throughout America.

He additionally had a stay warrant out for his arrest after failing to register as a intercourse offender in Rhode Island.

Alahverdian is now the topic of extradition proceedings instigated by Leavitt, who thanked police worldwide together with Police Scotland, for locating the wished man.

He stated: ‘Our workplace is grateful for the numerous interagency collaboration of legislation enforcement to deliver this suspect to justice.’

Alahverdian is now the subject of extradition proceedings instigated by the Utah County

Alahverdian is now the topic of extradition proceedings instigated by the Utah County

The numerous aliases of an American fugitive 

Investigators say  the suspected intercourse predator glided by a minimum of eight names, together with: 

  • Nicholas Rossi
  • Nicholas Alahverdian
  • Nicholas Alahverdian Rossi
  • Nicholas Edward Rossi
  • Nicholas Alahverdian-Rossi
  • Nick Alan
  • Nicholas Brown
  • Arthur Brown
  • Arthur Knight

An official Utah County Lawyer assertion added: ‘Investigators additionally realized that Nicholas Rossi had fled the nation to keep away from prosecution in Ohio and tried to guide investigators and state legislators in different states to consider that he was deceased.

‘By the diligent efforts of SBI Brokers, and varied investigators in different states and companies, and in cooperation with the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace, Mr. Rossi was found to be dwelling below an assumed identify in Scotland.

‘He has been taken into custody and the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace is working with federal and worldwide companies to extradite Mr Rossi again to Utah.’

Rhode Island State Police Main Robert A. Creamer stated: ‘He was positioned in Scotland a few month in the past, the place he was on a ventilator.’

A Police Scotland spokeswoman stated: ‘Officers arrested a 34-year-old man in Glasgow on Monday, December 13, in reference to a global arrest warrant. A report was submitted to the procurator fiscal.’

A Crown Workplace spokeswoman added: ‘I can verify that Arthur Knight appeared through video hyperlink from QEUH on Thursday 23 December 2021 in relation to extradition proceedings for the US.

‘No future dates have but been fastened.’