Man in fake death scam re-arrested for calling wife

August 16, 2012 2:20:09 PM PDT
The unemployed Long Island man suspected of faking his own drowning was re-arrested early Thursday for allegedly violating an order of protection barring any contact with his estranged wife, Evana.

Police say he called his wife three times. They say Evana did not pick up the first two calls, but answered the third. Raymond Roth is alleged to have said "Evana, you know who this is." He was taken into custody just before 1 a.m.

He was arraigned in Hempstead Thursday morning on a charge of second-degree criminal contempt. His bail was set at $10,000, and he is expected to post later Thursday.

According to Roth's lawyer, Brian Davis, Roth's intention was merely to coordinate the sale of the couple's Massapequa house. Davis says Roth was served with the order of protection when he was "out of it" in the psych ward at the hospital and may not have understood its full meaning.

Raymond Roth was arrested earlier Wednesday on charges including conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and falsely reporting an incident. A prosecutor said Roth and his 22-year-old son, Jonathan, who was arrested last week on the same charges and is free on bond, conspired to cash in on $410,000 in life insurance policies.

The elder Roth pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and Davis said his client posted $100,000 bail and was released.

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