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NYer who faked drowning faces new on charges of impersonating officer, attempted kidnapping

A New Yorker who faked his drowning death now faces charges that he impersonated a policeman while demanding that a woman get into his van.

Raymond Roth, of Long Beach, was held without bail following a court appearance in Hempstead on Thursday in which he pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal impersonation, attempted kidnapping and attempted burglary.

Nassau County police say the woman refused the demand and fled. The incident allegedly occurred hours after Roth accepted a plea bargain in the other case on March 21.

His son reported Roth missing at Jones Beach last July. After an extensive air-sea search, Roth turned up in Florida and South Carolina. Prosecutors said it was an insurance scam. The case against the son is pending.

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