Man Who Faked Drowning Gets 7 Years in Prison

Raymond Roth
Raymond Roth

A man was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 to 7 years in prison for faking his own drowning death in order to collect the insurance money and later impersonating a police officer.

Raymond Roth had pleaded guilty at Nassau County court last year  to conspiracy in a deal with prosecutors that included a 90-day jail sentence, plus repaying $36,000 in restitution to authorities that wasted resources searching for him at Jones Beach in July 2012.

Hours after that plea, the 48-year-old man pulled up his van beside a woman in Freeport, told her he was a cop and ordered her to get inside before following her into a store, authorities have said.

Roth was later convicted of impersonating a police officer and other charges in that case. The sentence handed down this week covers both crimes.

Roth’s son, Jonathan, was sentenced to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy for helping his father with the fake-drowning plot.