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L.I. Man Brought Home In Handcuffs After Skipping Sentencing

Jonathan Roth Was Tracked Down In Ohio By A Bail Bonds Company
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Jonathan Roth admitted to helping his father fake his own death in an insurance scheme. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man was back in handcuffs on Thursday.

The man who helped fake his father’s disappearance, before disappearing himself, was taken into custody.

Jonathan Roth was tracked down in Ohio and brought back to a Nassau County Jail by a bail bonds company.

A warrant was issued for Roth’s arrest after he skipped a sentencing hearing.

Roth admitted to helping his father, Raymond Roth, fake his drowning off Jones Beach in July 2012.

Jonathan Roth sought to obtain more than $50,000 from life insurance policies by helping his father fake his own death.

According to court documents, prosecutors said Jonathan Roth confessed that a frantic 911 call reporting his father had drowned in the waters off Jones Beach on July 28, 2012 was a lie.

“The defendant at all times was fully aware that his father never walked into the water and had in fact driven off in his personal vehicle,” the complaint states.

That 911 call from Jonathan Roth triggered an intense air and water search that cost tens of thousands of dollars. While no one actually saw Raymond Roth swim away, the Massapequa man was initially presumed drowned.

Authorities believe Raymond Roth first fled to Florida. He was later pulled over for speeding in South Carolina.

The elder Roth pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year, and agreed to serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Nassau County Police for the search efforts, totaling nearly $37,000.

Raymond Roth was later charged with impersonating a police officer and trying to kidnap a woman in Nassau County.

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