'Missing Swimmer' Raymond Roth Sentenced

Roth to spend up to seven years behind bars for faking death in 2012.

A Massapequa man who faked his own death to collect insurance money was ordered to spend up to seven years in prison, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. 

Raymond Roth, 49, was sentenced Thursday to spend between two and seven years in jail for concocting a plan to collect life insurance money by pretending to drown in Jones Beach.

The sentencing also included another conviction involving Roth, who had pretended to be a police officer, followed a woman and demanded that she get in his van or he would arrest her.

“Due to the criminal acts committed by this defendant, first responders were diverted from their life-saving duties to be unwilling players in a scheme to defraud an insurance company of thousands of dollars,” NCDA Kathleen Rice said.

“Then on the same day he pleaded guilty to this crime, he went back out into the community and threatened a woman with arrest, followed her, and attempted to break into her place of business. With today’s sentence, Mr. Roth will finally be held accountable for his utter disregard for the law and public safety.”

The sentencing comes less than two months after that of his son, Jonathan Roth, 24, who was ordered to spend a year in prison for collaborating with his father and making a 911 call reporting his father's disappearance.

Related stories:

Sal Anthony April 24, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Lorraine DeVita April 25, 2014 at 08:30 AM
I would have thought in conjunction with jail time he would also be held liable and accountable for all costs associated with his "fake" drowning.
LT April 25, 2014 at 09:31 AM
that rvc guy is right. this kid was bullied by his wacko father since birth. and then the system got hold of him. it all comes down to...don't judge a book by it's cover.
Kevin B April 25, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Yep, I agree, all associated costs plus jail time. He got off easy. So now the taxpayers feed him, give him a workout room, free housing, etc, and then gets out for doing good time in a year. And probably becomes a threat to his family again. What a crock! Who said DA Rice is tough on crime? 2 weeks ago Dina Lohan got off easy with no jail time for not 1 but 2 DWI's. Justice prevails???
That RVC guy April 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM
According to Snewsday, that liberal rag, the court ordered him to repay over 36,000 in associated rescue costs. As for DIna Lohan, the whole trashy family deserves adjoining cells in a Siberian prison so we dont have to have their pathetic lives spoon-fed to us one embarrassing incident after another by the celeb-worshipping media.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »