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LI Man who Faked Drowning Death in July Arrested Again

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

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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.