MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who faked his own drowning in an insurance scam has been cleared of attempting to kidnap a woman off a suburban street, the top count against him.
But Nassau County Court Judge Tammy S. Robbins ruled in a non-jury trial Friday that 49-year-old Raymond Roth was guilty of impersonating a police officer and other charges.
Prosecutors said Roth attempted to force a woman into his van in 2012 but she ran into a store where she worked. They said Roth then entered the store, claiming to be a detective but left after employees said they were calling police.
Roth's attorney said his client thought she was a prostitute.
Roth had previously pleaded guilty to faking his own drowning in a 2012 insurance fraud scheme.