Atty: NY beach faked-drowning suspect hospitalized

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 12:01 AM

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A lawyer for an unemployed New York man suspected of faking his own death by drowning in a scheme to collect on a life insurance policy says the man is in a hospital for psychiatric treatment.

Brian Davis, a lawyer for 47-year-old Raymond Roth of Massapequa, told The Associated Press that Roth is receiving treatment at an undisclosed Long Island hospital.

Roth set off a costly search and rescue effort after he was reported missing by his son on July 28 at Jones Beach. His son initially told authorities he last saw his father swimming in the ocean, but has since admitted it never happened that way and has been arrested.

The attorney said he expected the elder Roth would face criminal charges once he is released from the hospital.

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