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NEARBY: Prison for Man Who Helped Fake Father's Drowning

Son of "missing swimmer" to serve one year behind bars, DA said.

Jonathan Roth, 23, of Massapequa. (Photo: NCPD)
Jonathan Roth, 23, of Massapequa. (Photo: NCPD)

The man who helped fake his father's drowning to get a life insurance payoff will serve one year in prison, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.

Jonathan Roth, 23, of Massapequa, was sentenced Tuesday to serve one year behind bars for falsely reporting an incident. Roth has already served five months in jail since his arrest.

Roth called 911 on July 28, 2012 and told police his father, Raymond Roth, was missing in the water off of Jones Beach. Jonathan, then 22 years old, was charged after his stepmother discovered emails between him and his father that revealed the scheme. 

Had they been successful, life insurance could have paid out at least $410,000 in benefits that Raymond would use to start a new life in Florida, the DA said.

Roth pleaded guilty in March and was due to be sentenced in September but did not show up for his September sentencing hearing.

“By helping his father in this scheme, Mr. Roth wasted the precious time and resources of first responders tasked with keeping thousands safe during the busy summer season,” reacted DA Kathleen Rice. “As the result of his actions, innocent people could have lost their lives or sustained serious injury due to the greedy and deceitful actions of another.”

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Massa March 05, 2014 at 08:45 AM
In cases like this.... Nassau and Suffolk counties should do a boot camp and some education to keep these guys straight. If he was a violent felon, then straight to jail.... Most of those type of felons you can't straighten out and it would be a waste of our tax dollars. For someone like this guy, I think it would be real effective.
Massa March 05, 2014 at 08:51 AM
I think this guy is from a family of crap. He made a really bad choice, but he break the law and has to pay for it. It is just crazy that this guy is getting a year in prison when violent felons are commuting numerous crimes and are back on the streets a few days or weeks later. Even worse is some of these guys are getting probation . It is crazy how our court systems work.... It is like they have their heads up their asses.
Dee March 05, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Wait a second. So the father is presumed dead, the insurance pays and the kid splits to Florida with $$$ beaucoup in his pocket. Good. But what then does happen to the father? And the e-mail reading wife? He should have planned this better -- like a boating accident. And keep things OFF e-mail.
Santa Claus March 06, 2014 at 06:28 PM
And who the hell is DA Kathleen Rice to talk about 1st responders and everything and the fact that she's says "Could have" Could have never came... Do you people know that DA Kathleen Rice was driving drunk in Suffolk County and it got swept under a carpet?!?! She "COULD HAVE" killed somebody and she didn't even pay a fine! Shes a hypocritical TWAT!!! Our justice system here in Nassau & Suffolk County need to be investigated by BIG BROTHER!
Sal Anthony March 18, 2014 at 05:01 AM
Lurch!!!

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