NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a story that has captured the country.

A missing Long Island swimmer turned up alive, hundreds of miles away.

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Now investigators say the man, Raymond Roth, and his son Jonathan, were in on an insurance fraud scheme.

But Jonathan’s girlfriend, Kristi Mayleas, insists there is a another side to the story.

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In fact, Mayleas insists her beau had nothing to do with the incident.

“His father’s been abusive the whole entire time I’ve known him,” she told The Couch. “[Raymond Roth] doesn’t think about anyone else but himself.”

Mayleas admits her boyfriend has “his own issues” but that he needs to work on himself – outside of prison.

“He does not deserve  jail regardless of what took place,” she said. “His father…needs to go to jail.”

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For more with Mayleas, watch the full interview below.