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Long Island Man Who Helped Dad Fake His Own Death Gets Year in Jail

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    A Long Island man who admitted helping his father fake his own drowning in a life insurance scam has been sentenced to a year in jail.

    Jonathan Roth of Massapequa apologized in court Tuesday. He admitted helping Raymond Roth fake his death in 2012.

    The 23-year-old claimed his father had drowned at Long Island's Jones Beach. After an extensive search, the elder Roth surfaced in Florida and got a speeding ticket in South Carolina.

    Man Who Faked Death Pleads Not Guilty to Police Impersonation

    [NY] Man Who Faked Death Pleads Not Guilty to Police Impersonation
    A man who admitted faking his own drowning at Jones Beach pleaded not guilty on new charges that he posed as a police officer, and has been placed on suicide watch, his lawyer said Thursday. Greg Cergol reports.

    Raymond Roth is awaiting sentencing.

    He also is facing trial this week on separate charges that he impersonated a police officer and tried to abduct a woman.

    L.I. Man Admits to Conspiracy in Faked Drowning

    [NY] L.I. Man Admits to Conspiracy in Faked Drowning
    An unemployed man suspected of faking his own drowning at a New York beach to collect on life insurance has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Greg Cergol reports.

    Raymond Roth has pleaded not guilty to those charges, which could bring a 15-year prison term. He is being held without bail.

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