Man arrested after faking death of his father to collect insurance

Raymond Roth and his wife 
By: David Ross 

A man and his son came up with a scheme in order to collect a nice insurance payout.

Police arrested on Monday, the son of a Long Island, New York man, who authorities said tried to fake his own death last month. They said they charged the son with the scheme to help his father to collect life insurance money.

The son, Jonathan Roth, 22, called emergency workers on July 28, saying that his father, Raymond Roth, had disappeared after swimming off Jones Beach in Nassau County. The wife of Raymond Roth said she presumed he was dead, but on Thursday, he was arrested by police in South Carolina for speeding.

Roth, 47, has returned to New York, police said, although his precise location is unclear. The office of the Nassau County district attorney said he had not been charged.

Jonathan Roth was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and falsely reporting an incident, said John Byrne, a spokesman for District Attorney.

Mr. Roth faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

In a press conference, Mrs. Roth said she had discovered emails involving her husband and her stepson that discuss the fake drowning plan.

She also said her husband had increased the size of his life insurance policy in January and had withdrawn all of his money from bank accounts around the time of his disappearance.

Mrs. Roth said her husband was fired from his job as a manager of telecommunications on July 20, after he threatened to shoot two supervisors. The next day, his wife said, police seized a licensed firearm belonging to Mr. Roth.