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Raymond Roth, NY man accused of faking his own death, in psych ward undergoing evaluation, sources say

Undated photo of Raymond Roth. His son, Jonathan, is being charged for falsely reporting that Raymond was missing after the father was discovered speeding in South Carolina LinkedIn.com via CBS New York

(CBS/WCBS/AP) HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Sources tell CBS New York that Raymond Roth, a New York man who allegedly faked his own death, has checked himself into a Long Island hospital.

The 47-year-old husband and father checked himself in to the psychological ward of a local hospital to undergo a mental evaluation, sources told the station.

Roth's 22-year-old son Jonathan has been charged with conspiracy to commit insurance fraud after he reported his father missing at a New York beach, only to have him turn up alive in South Carolina several days later. Police said the massive air and water search for the missing father totaled tens of thousands of dollars.

The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday and his bond was set at $10,000. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Jonathan Roth called police on July 28 to report that his father went swimming at New York's Jones Beach and disappeared.

Investigators wrote in court papers that Roth "was fully aware that his father never walked into the water and had in fact driven off in his own personal vehicle." The criminal complaint alleges Roth and his father, Raymond, conspired to get more than $50,000 in life insurance money by having Jonathan Roth try to file a claim on July 31. 

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