Judge assigned to Raymond Roth case

Raymond Roth arrives at Nassau County Court in Raymond Roth arrives at Nassau County Court in Mineola. (August 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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The Massapequa man accused of spurring a costly Coast Guard search by allegedly faking his own drowning last month at Jones Beach appeared in Nassau County Court Thursday for the first time since he was arrested last week.

Raymond Roth, 47, was assigned a judge in his case, and was given a new court date: Sept. 18. The judge at his next appearance will be Nassau County Judge Tammy Robbins.

Outside the court, Roth's lawyer, Brian Davis of Garden City, said "He's feeling much better," as his client offered a tight smile. "He looks good. He feels good."

Roth is free on bail after pleading not guilty to insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and falsely reporting an incident.

The day after he was arraigned on those charges, he was rearrested, this time accused of violating an order of protection held by his estranged wife, Evana.

Prosecutors said Roth's son, Jonathan Roth, 22, called police on July 28 to fraudulently report that his father had disappeared in the waters off Jones Beach. Raymond Roth next appeared the morning of Aug. 2 when he was stopped for speeding by police in Santee, S.C.

Jonathan Roth was arrested and charged earlier this month with lying to the police, then trying to cash in on his father's life insurance policy. He has pleaded not guilty to the same charges that his father faces and is out on bail.

The search cost more than $34,000, authorities said.

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