LI Man who Faked Drowning Death in July Arrested Again

Local News, Crime

Raymond Roth is back in custody after attempting to kidnap women by impersonating a police officer in Freeport.

Raymond Roth, the Massapequa man who was arrested in July of 2012 for faking his own drowning death in order to receive insurance funds, is arrested again for impersonating a police officer and attempting to abduct women.

The incident took place on March 21 when Roth pretended to be a police officer while near the train station in Freeport, and ordered a woman to get in his van.  When the woman refused, Roth responded that he was a police officer, and that he would arrest her if she did not follow his directions, said the Nassau County Police.

The woman ran into the PLS Check Cashing business, where she told police that the employees helped keep Roth at bay by locking the security door when he tried to follow her inside.  He continued to impersonate a police officer, but the employees instead called the real police, and

Roth fled before he could be apprehended.

Nassau County Police believe that he had chased another woman a week earlier, and they are looking into a potential third attempted kidnapping.

Roth is being charged with criminal impersonation, attempted kidnapping, and attempted burglary.

Roth first made headlines last summer when he faked his own drowning death at Jones Beach in a scheme with his son, Jonathan Roth, to collect approximately $400,000 from his life insurance.  He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy charges, and was ordered to spend 90 days in jail and serve five years of probation.  He had not begun his sentence because he had convinced a judge to grant him a reprieve so that he could finish culinary school.

The Massapequa resident has also been ordered to pay restitution to the United States Coast Guard and Nassau County Police for costs incurred from the search efforts, which totaled nearly $37,000.

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13 comments

deejorge Mar 28th, 2013 12:52 PM

I thought he was from Massapequa??

Jackie Mar 28th, 2013 01:04 PM

This guy is unbelievable? If he was already arrested why was he out on the streets? Someone needs to put this man behind bars for the rest of his life. 

George King Mar 28th, 2013 01:04 PM

Smart thinking by this woman and the employees of the check cashing place. They saved her life. 

Ramon Mar 28th, 2013 01:06 PM

Slime. Pure slime. And the judge who presided over his other charge should be removed from the bench. Sob stories are just that. Stories to get you go sob about a piece of slime. 

Jill Roe Mar 28th, 2013 01:07 PM

I can't believe I just read that. Is this some sort of joke? He first fakes his death, was arrested, let go by a bleeding heart judge, and then attempted to kidnap at least three women? This world keeps getting worse.

Willie Mar 28th, 2013 01:08 PM

I wish I was at that store. He wouldn't be able to cry to a judge about school again. 

Elizabeth Mar 28th, 2013 01:09 PM

I can't believe that this would be allowed to happen on busy streets today. At least this woman got some help and the man was arrested this time.

Dorsey Mar 28th, 2013 02:13 PM

This is what happens to people when they are not held to consequences. They believe they can do whatever they want. I hope this time they don't fall for a stupid story.

Gordy Mar 28th, 2013 08:39 PM

I agree that this man should not have been put on the street, but I don't believe it is a product of our society. This man acted upon his own accord, not because of some belief that consequences are not real.

leslie Mar 29th, 2013 08:12 PM

what is going on with people today? this guy was just released from jail? wow.

debra Mar 29th, 2013 08:15 PM

Has this guy been caught yet? The story says that he fled before he was arrested? I hate to think of someone like this on the streets.

Richard Mar 30th, 2013 08:45 PM

I haven't heard if he's been caught yet, but I heard some guys talking at the coffee shop about it. They didn't seem to have any more information. I hope they do soon.

Ken Apr 16th, 2013 02:27 PM

Obviously this man has some serious issues. Among those, he is just evil. To first fake your death, you have to be pretty desperate, but he has spiraled into something much worse. The world is going to crap.

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