NY man admits to conspiracy in faked drowning

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 8:04 AM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An unemployed man suspected of faking his own drowning at a New York beach to collect on life insurance has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

The Nassau County district attorney says Raymond Roth of Massapequa (mas-uh-PEEK-wuh) admitted guilt in exchange for a 90-day jail sentence.

Roth will also have to pay about $37,000 to county police and the Coast Guard for their rescue efforts after he was reported missing.

Last July, Roth's son told authorities that his father went for a swim at Long Island's Jones Beach and never came back. After the fruitless search, Roth turned up in Florida and South Carolina.

Prosecutors said father and son had conspired to collect on about $400,000 in life insurance.

The case against the son, 22-year-old Jonathan Roth of Massapequa, is pending.

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