Mar 23, 2013

New York man admits faking his death

BABYLON, N.Y. — The attorney for an unemployed New York man suspected of faking his own drowning denied Wednesday that his plan included a plot to collect on a life insurance policy.

Raymond Roth of Massapequa was arrested Wednesday on charges including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and falsely reporting an incident. A prosecutor said Roth and his 22-year-old son, Jonathan, who was arrested last week on the same charges and is free on bond, conspired to cash in on $410,000 in life insurance policies.

The elder Roth pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and attorney Brian Davis said his client expected to post $100,000 bail and be released.

Roth was arrested earlier Wednesday after being released from a Long Island hospital where he had been receiving psychiatric treatment for about 10 days. Davis added that Roth will receive outpatient treatment for manic depression and bipolar disorder while free on bail. He is due back in court on Aug. 23.