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There’s a new twist in a bizarre story of a Long Island man who disappeared while swimming off Jones Beach only to be stopped for speeding in South Carolina.On Monday, police charged Jonathan Roth, 22, with helping his father, Raymond, fake his own drowning to collect insurance money, The New York Times reports.
The younger Roth faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly aiding his father’s alleged scheme.
The disappearance of Raymond Roth, 47, on July 28 prompted his wife, Evana, to begin making funeral arrangements, the Times reported.
But then, she claims, she discovered through emails between Raymond and her stepson Jonathan that her husband was actually alive.
In one of those emails, Raymond Roth told his son to contact him at an Orlando, Fla. resort a day after he disappeared, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.
“There needs to be a way to find out how things are going. Call me Sunday night at the resort,” one email stated, according to WSJ. “go to a pay phone or borrow your friends phone. You must call within 15 minutes of the determined time to call in order to be sure i will be available.”
Evana Roth says her husband was fired from his job as a telecommunications manager on July 20 after threatening to shoot two supervisors, the Times reported.
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