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Man fakes death to collect life Insurance benefits

In what has turned out to be an elaborate hoax planned between father and son to collect life insurance benefits; a Long Island man whose son reported that he had drowned; was found in South Carolina after police stopped him for speeding.

The hoax was set in motion months ago when Raymond Roth 47, tripled his life insurance value and then the plan executed on Sunday, July 28, when he told his wife that he was going for a swim at nearby Jones Beach and would be back in about an hour.

As part of the plan, his son Jonathan came back claiming that his dad disappeared while out on the water and never returned.

Unfortunately for the pair, Evana Roth (Raymond’s wife and Jonathan’s step mother) discovered emails sent between Raymond and Jonathan which outlined details of a staged disappearance.

She immediately contacted the police.

In the emails, Raymond instructs Jonathan not to allow Evana sell their house and then gives details of how Jonathan should hand his will over to a particular relative.

In another email, Raymond discloses his location at a Florida resort:

“There needs to be a way for me to find out how things are going. call me Sunday night at 8 PM at the resort. “You cannot call from your phone,” the email continues, “go to a pay phone or borrow your friends phone. you must call within 15 minutes of the determined call time in order to be sure i will be available.”

When police in Orlando went to the resort, he was not found but it was then that the police in Santee, South Carolina realized it was the same person who had been stopped for speeding but was let go when he said he had been involved in an argument with his wife.

Long Island police say they have been in contact with Roth by phone and that he said he was coming in to talk with them but they had not heard from since last Thursday afternoon when he claimed he was in the Washington, D.C., area.

His attorney Brian Davis has however come out to say Raymond was receiving treatment at an undisclosed Long Island hospital.

Meanwhile on Monday, Jonathan was arrested on charges including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud for falsely reporting that his father,  disappeared at Jones Beach in an apparent drowning.

According to court documents, he has admitted that the drowning never happened.

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $10,000 bond. He faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

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