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New York man who faked drowning, accosted woman, gets up to 7 years; must pay search cost

A New York man will spend up to seven years in prison for faking his own drowning in an insurance fraud scheme and other crimes.

Raymond Roth of Massapequa, Long Island, was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison in Nassau County Court.

He admitted to faking his own drowning at Jones Beach in the summer of 2012.

He was later convicted on unrelated charges of posing as a police officer and trying to accost a woman on a Freeport street. Thursday's sentencing covers both crimes.

Roth's son, Jonathan Roth, is serving a year in the county jail for helping his father with the drowning scheme.

Roth also must pay $36,555.37 in restitution to cover the costs emergency workers incurred in searching for him in the drowning scam.

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