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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.

    Raymond Roth is awaiting sentencing.

    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.

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

    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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