HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A man who reported his father missing at a New York beach faces charges that include conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Jonathan Roth was arraigned Tuesday on Long Island. His girlfriend said outside court that he's innocent and cannot afford his bail. It's $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
His father, Raymond Roth, vanished on July 28. The massive air and water search cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Raymond Roth's wife says she later found emails in which he talked about faking his own death.
Police believe Raymond Roth went to Florida. Last Thursday, he got a speeding ticket in Santee, S.C. Roth told the officer who stopped him that he was returning to New York, and the officer let him proceed north.
His whereabouts are still unknown.