An American accused of faking his own death and hiding out in Scotland has been returned back to the United States(US).
A court ruled that the man claiming to be Arthur Knight, an Irish orphan, was actually registered sex offender Nicholas Rossi.
The 36-year-old was arrested in December 2021 while being treated for Covid-19 at a hospital in Glasgow.
He is wanted in Utah on suspicion of rape.
Rossi, also known as Nicholas Alahverdian in the United States, is believed to have taken a private flight from Edinburgh Airport on Friday.
According to a spokesperson for Police Scotland, “We assisted partner agencies with the extradition of a 36-year-old man.”
Officers in Essex are also believed to be looking into Rossi in connection with a rape allegation that was reported to them in April 2022.
In that investigation, he has been bailed again until March of this year.
On December 14, Rossi lost his final appeal against being returned to his homeland.
In September, Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Angela Constance, signed an order accepting the decision.
After officers detained him at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, he claimed to be a victim of mistaken identity, insisting he was Arthur Knight.
In November of last year, Sheriff Norman McFadyen ruled that he was indeed the fugitive after his tattoos and fingerprints corresponded to those of Rossi.
Rossi, on the other hand, claimed he was given the tattoos as part of an attempt to frame him while he was unconscious in the hospital.
Sheriff McFadyen dismissed that as “fanciful,” adding that his multiple name changes were “consistent with someone who has something to hide.”
Rossi was convicted of sexual imposition and public indecency in 2008 while a student at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.
He is accused of assaulting a former girlfriend, pushing her onto a couch, and forcing her to have an affair despite her pleas to stop.
First Minister Humza Yousaf stated that he did not want to “prejudice any potential inquiry or court case” in the future, but praised the Scottish authorities’ cooperation with colleagues in the United States during the saga.
“I commend our court system for thoroughly investigating this issue and concluding that he should be extradited,” he said.
“I’ll let justice take its course in the United States.”