Jonathan Roth pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud, conspiracy and falsely reporting an incident charges on Tuesday.
Raymond Roth was first reported missing on July 28 by his 22-year-old son who told police his 47-year-old dad went for a swim beyond the lifeguard zone and never came back.
At a news conference Friday, Evana Roth said she was planning her husband Raymond Roth’s funeral when she stumbled across a suspicious chain of emails between Roth and his son, allegedly detailing plans for Roth to fake his own death and disappear.
Raymond Roth, 47, had been missing since the weekend. His family told authorities they last saw Roth go into the ocean at Jones Beach around 3:30 p.m. Saturday near Field 6.
Park police began the day acknowledging its a recovery effort, and said their search by air, sea and beach patrols will continue.
A Massapequa man is missing after going for a swim at Jones Beach. Raymond Roth went into the ocean on Saturday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. near Field 6, his family said. The area was not protected by lifeguards.