NY man suspected of faking drowning is re-arrested

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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 12:02 PM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An unemployed man suspected of faking his own drowning at a New York beach to collect on life insurance has been re-arrested and will be freed on bail again.

Raymond Roth pleaded not guilty to the latest charges Thursday.

Nassau County prosecutors say Roth called his estranged wife Wednesday night.

His lawyer says Roth didn't understand an order of protection and had recently tried to commit suicide.

He was arrested earlier Wednesday on charges including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bail.

His son Jonathan, who told police his father drowned, faces the same charges.

After he vanished, authorities conducted an extensive search for days. Roth was reported to be in Florida. On Aug. 2, he got a speeding ticket in Santee, S.C.

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