Man Who Faked Death Arrested for Impersonating Cop

Raymond Roth
Raymond Roth
Raymond Roth

The man who admitted last week to faking his own death was rearrested Wednesday on suspicion of pretending to be law enforcement while trying to lure a woman into his van, Nassau County police said.

Raymond Roth was charged with criminal impersonation, attempted kidnapping and attempted burglary. He will be arraigned on the new counts Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

“We received numerous tips through our Crime Stoppers line naming Mr. Roth as a subject and our investigation took off from there,” Det. Lt. Robert Galgano of the First Squad said, referring to surveillance video of the suspect being aired on News12 Long Island.

Police said the 48-year-old Long Beach resident had asked a 38-year-old woman to get in his van in Freeport, told her he was a cop when she ignored him and then followed her into a check cashing store. He reiterated to workers there that he was a cop and told them to let him into their back room, where she was hiding from him, police have said.

That was hours after Roth pleaded guilty at Nassau County court to fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony, in a plea deal with prosecutors. He’s suspected of trying to lure two other women as well, police said.

Roth was expected to be sentenced in May to 90 days in jail and repay authorities $36,000 for the time and resources wasted searching for him last summer.

Roth’s son, Jonathan, had reported Raymond missing from Jones beach in July, when he told police that his father was swimming when he disappeared. Raymond later was found to be in Florida, alive, and eventually turned himself into police.

Raymond had told the judge he’s taking medication for bipolar disorder and has attempted suicide. He was expected to face up to 15 years in prison if he had been convicted at trial of insurance fraud.

Jonathan also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and filing a false report last week.