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Massapequa Man Who Faked His Own Death for Insurance Money Sentenced to Prison

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the sentencing today of a Massapequa man for his involvement in a scheme to defraud a life insurance company by faking his own death in the ocean off Jones Beach in July 2012. The man was also sentenced today in an unrelated case of police impersonation in Freeport.

Raymond Roth, 49, was sentenced by Nassau County Court Judge Tammy Robbins to 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison. Roth was convicted in March 2014 in a bench trial before Judge Robbins of Attempted Burglary in the 3rd Degree (an E felony), Criminal Impersonation in the 1st Degree (an E felony), Attempted Unlawful Imprisonment in the 2nd Degree (an A misdemeanor), and Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree (an A misdemeanor) for the incident in Freeport. Roth pleaded guilty in March 2013 to Conspiracy in the 4th Degree (an E felony) for his involvement in the insurance fraud scheme.

His son, Jonathan Roth, 24, of Massapequa, was sentenced on March 4 by Judge Robbins to one year in jail for helping his father in the insurance scheme.

“Due to the criminal acts committed by this defendant, first responders were diverted from their life-saving duties to be unwilling players in a scheme to defraud an insurance company of thousands of dollars,” DA Rice said. “Then on the same day he pleaded guilty to this crime, he went back out into the community and threatened a woman with arrest, followed her, and attempted to break into her place of business. With today’s sentence, Mr. Roth will finally be held accountable for his utter disregard for the law and public safety.”

DA Rice said that on July 28, 2012, Jonathan Roth called 911 and reported his father missing in the waters off Jones Beach. The Nassau County Police Department dispatched its Bureau of Special Operations, its marine unit, and a helicopter. They were joined in their rescue efforts by resources from as far away as Boston, Bay Constables from the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, and the New York State Park Police. The search continued into the night and lasted several days.

During the search, however, Raymond Roth was actually alive and well and on his way to his timeshare in Orlando. Roth believed that by faking his death, his son and wife would be able to collect at least $410,000 in life insurance benefits, and that he could make a new life for himself in Florida.

On August 1, 2012, Raymond Roth’s wife discovered emails between her husband and stepson, Jonathan Roth, discussing details of Raymond Roth’s plan to fake his own death. New York State Park Police were then notified of these emails.

Raymond Roth was pulled over by police in South Carolina on Aug. 2, 2012. Roth was identified by his driver’s license, which he had removed from his wallet before disappearing from Jones Beach on July 28 and had used to check into the Orlando timeshare. Jonathan Roth was arrested Aug. 6, 2012.

In a separate case, Roth approached a woman in Freeport on March 21, 2013 and while pretending to be a police officer, demanded she get into his vehicle or be arrested. When she refused, Roth followed her to a check cashing establishment where he tried to gain access to a locked back door.

Roth was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department on March 27, 2013. Roth was convicted in a bench trial by Judge Robbins on March 7, 2014.

Assistant District Attorney Everett Witherell of DA Rice’s Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. Raymond Roth is represented by Brian Davis, Esq. Jonathan Roth is represented by Joey Jackson, Esq.

Mortgage fraud the allegation at trial for absent defendant

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The trial of a 33 year old man facing mortgage fraud, scheme to defraud, falsifying business records and grand larceny charges began today in Riverhead with the defendant being tried in absentia, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

“The defendant, RAMON E. RIOS, of East Meadow, is a fugitive who faces substantial time, as many as 15 years behind bars, if and when he’s convicted of defrauding the Bank of America and National City Mortgage,” District Attorney Spota said. The district attorney said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rios.

“We have sufficient evidence to prove Rios manufactured phony paperwork that inflated the borrower’s assets and income and deceived the lenders by showing substantial down payments were forthcoming,” said DA Spota.

“Like most of the cases our Mortgage Fraud unit investigates and prosecutes, the Rios scheme is based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications made to the lender.”

The indictment alleges Rios falsified the business records of Bank of America and National City Mortgage to purchase single family homes in Lindenhurst, Westbury, Roosevelt and Uniondale.

State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen presides at the trial in Riverhead.

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Center Moriches Teacher Arrested for DWAI Following Hit-and-Run Crash

Suffolk County Police today arrested a teacher from the Center Moriches School District for driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol following a hit-and-run crash.

 

Tracey Forman was driving a 2013 Hyundai when her vehicle struck an unoccupied Plymouth Voyager that was parked off the roadway at 210 Brookfield Ave. in Center Moriches at approximately 8:30 a.m. Forman fled the scene.

 

Seventh Precinct Police Officer Robert Tedesco responded to the scene, obtained a description of the vehicle and then canvassed the area. Officer Tedesco located the vehicle, and Forman, a short time later in the rear parking lot of Center Moriches High School, located at 311 Frowein Road.

 

Forman, 47, of 99 Waverly Ave. Apt 12J, Patchogue, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combination of Drugs and Alcohol.

 

Forman will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip.

 

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Queen Elizabeth Turns 88, Palace Unveils New Portrait

(LONDON) — What does Britain’s Queen get when she hits 88?

How about a Happy Birthday traditional gun salute…or maybe two. The first of the salutes happened in Green Park, near Buckingham Palace, and the second at the Tower of London. 

As for the aging monarch, her day is being spent out of the limelight at Windsor Castle. 

For the record, she actually has two birthdays — her actual one Monday, and her official one in June.

In honor of her birthday, a new portrait of the queen, taken by British photographer David Bailey was unveiled. The photo, taken in March at Buckingham Palace, appears to be inspired by Instagram with its black border and black-and-white filter.  

General Mills Changes Fine Print to Allow Lawsuits Again

(NEW YORK) — If something goes wrong with your Cheerios, you once again have the right to sue the company that made them.

General Mills over the weekend decided to undo a change in its legal fine print that would’ve meant giving up your right to sue if you “liked” certain Facebook pages or downloaded coupons.

The company said its new legal policy mentioning forced “arbitration” as a way to settle disputes was misunderstood. But General Mills never imagined such a strong reaction and said, “We’re sorry we even started down this path.”

Chris Brown’s Bodyguard Found Guilty of Assault

(WASHINGTON) — Chris Brown’s bodyguard was found guilty Monday morning of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

Judge Patricia W. Wynn’s conviction of Christopher Hollosy follows two days of testimony last week.

Both Hollosy and Brown face charges of misdemeanor assault in the attack, during which they’re accused of punching a man outside of the W hotel. Hollosy claimed the man was trying to board Brown’s tour bus, but the victim said he was trying to insert himself into a photo Brown was taking with two women.

Hollosy will be sentenced on June 25.

The bodyguard’s conviction may not bode well for Brown, who himself goes on trial Wednesday for the same crime. He’s denied hitting his accuser.

If Brown is convicted of assault, he not only faces a possible six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in Washington, D.C., but also could face problems in California, where he’s on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If he’s found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.

 

Advisory: Wanted for Burglary

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Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the person or people who stole golf carts and other items from a shed at a baseball field in Centereach.

An unknown person or people broke the lock to a shed at Levitt Ballfield Park, located at Hawkins Road and Wireless Road, sometime before April 17, 2014, and stole two golf carts, a portable defibrillator unit and other items. Detectives recovered one golf cart on April 18 after police were notified that the vehicle was parked on a dead end street off of Lucille Drive in Centereach.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Security Breach May Have Affected 2.6M Michaels Customers

payphoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) — Three months after learning of a possible security breach, Michaels announced on Thursday that it has discovered evidence confirming it was indeed attacked.

The arts and crafts chain said in a statement “that systems of Michaels stores in the United States and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, were attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by either of the security firms” running the investigation.

Approximately 2.6 million cards used in Michaels stores between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014, and 400,000 cards used between June 26, 2013 and Feb. 27, 2014 at 54 Aaron Brothers stores may have been affected.

“The affected systems contained certain payment card information, such as payment card number and expiration date, about both Michaels and Aaron Brothers customers. There is no evidence that other customer personal information, such as name, address or PIN, was at risk in connection with this issue,” Michaels said in the statement.

So far, the retailer has received “limited” reports of fraudulent card use.

Michaels says the incident is now fully contained and the malware no longer presents a threat to shoppers at either store.

Rise in Women Using Surrogates for Social Reasons

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For most women, carrying their own baby is the ultimate joy. More and more women, however, are turning to surrogates to carry their babies, not because they cannot conceive, but because they do not want to.

It’s a trend many are calling “social surrogacy” and one that was recently highlighted in an article in the May issue of Elle magazine.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for women to have more choices,” said Dr. Saira Jhutty, CEO of Conceptual Options LLC, a California-based surrogacy agency.

Jhutty’s agency matches surrogates with women who have nonmedical reasons for not wanting to carry their own babies. The woman who come to her agency have a variety of reasons for wanting a surrogate, from not wanting a pregnancy to interfere with their careers to being afraid of what pregnancy will do to their bodies, Jhutty said.

“We have people who are afraid of being pregnant,” Jhutty said.  “Some people work in an industry where image is very important so they don’t want to have to go through the changes that happen to a woman’s body when they get pregnant.”

But the choice is still a touchy subject, despite the rising interest in “social surrogacy.”

“Women are really guarded about issues involving their bodies and surrogacy because they are afraid of being judged,” said Leslie Steiner, author of The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy Is Transforming the American Family.

The cost is another issue that might give women pause. With surrogacy running $100,000 or more per child, it’s not for everyone.

“You have to ask yourself why you are doing this,” said Dr. Vicken Sahakian, medical director of the Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles.  “Is there real benefit for bypassing the beautiful experience of carrying a child?”

‘Pee Parties’ Latest Baby-Making Trend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Conception has gone social.

Pee parties — also known as POAS, or Pee on a Stick Parties — are the latest way women are taking what was once a very private moment very public.

The trend was first spotted by BabyCenter.com. “They will discuss what day they are going to test,” said Rebecca Michals, director of global community and customer service, “and then come back to post the results.”

Is this the ultimate in oversharing? Maybe not. The intention behind the parties and posts might be just the opposite.

“They [the women] may not want to tell people they are trying to conceive in real life, so they come to the message boards to talk,” Michals said. “It gives them support during the two-week-wait.”

The two-week wait, also called the TWW, is the time between sex that intended to result in pregnancy and the time when an over-the-counter pregnancy test can give accurate results.

The boards have certainly served as a support system for Christine Straut-Kinnan of Albuquerque, N.M. She was pregnant in December but had a miscarriage. She’s now anxious to conceive again and has participated in several pee parties.

“The ladies,” she said, referring to the other women on the message boards, “have been a Godsend. We share in the excitement of the girls who get positives and in the sorrows of those who are still negative. It helps pass the time between the fertile weeks and when you eventually pee on a stick.”

Straut-Kinnan said her next POAS party will be in about three weeks from now. How fast will she post the results?

“Within an hour.”

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