Son of NYer who faked death gets 1 year in jail

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Posted: Mar 04, 2014 12:21 PM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York man who admitted helping his father fake his own drowning in a life insurance scam has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Jonathan Roth of Massapequa (mas-uh-PEEK'-wuh) apologized in court Tuesday. He admitted helping Raymond Roth fake his death in 2012.

The 23-year-old claimed his father had drowned at Long Island's Jones Beach. After a massive search, the elder Roth surfaced in Florida and got a speeding ticket in South Carolina.

Raymond Roth is awaiting sentencing.

He also is facing trial this week on separate charges that he impersonated a police officer and tried to abduct a woman.

Raymond Roth has pleaded not guilty to those charges, which could bring a 15-year prison term. He is being held without bail.