NY Citizen Arrested for Faking His Own Death

A middle-aged citizen of Mineola, New York has been accused of faking his own death to collect on his life insurance policy. He was suspected of drowning at Jones Beach and was reported missing by his 22- year- old son on July 28, 2012. The son called the authorities and stated that his father went for a swim and never came back. There were thorough search parties conducted by land and air, estimated to cost $30,000, to find his body but nothing washed up onto shore. All along, he was alive and well and had been staying at a timeshare resort he owned in Florida.

As he was driving back to New York he was pulled over in Santee, South Carolina for speeding and allegedly told the public officials he was returning to speak with the New York police, which he never did. He was then arrested for conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and once he was released on a $100,000 bail, he was re-arrested only hours later. This time it was for a violation of a protective order against him by calling his estranged wife three times in attempt to let know he was alive and discuss the sale of their Massapequa home. When she picked up the third time, the defendant allegedly said, "Evana, you know who this is."

It has also been reported that when he was working in NYC before the incident, he and was fired in mid- July from his job in New York City for threatening his fellow co-workers causing his gun permit had been revoked. The prosecutors are now under the impression that both the unemployed father and the son were conspiring together to cash in on the $400,000 life insurance policy and the son has also been arrested and is pleading "not guilty" to the charges. The wife then came forward with emails pulled from their family computer between the son and father about their plans, it seems they were in contact even while the defendant was hiding out in Florida.

The defendant's legal counsel in his defense is proposing now that he has been taking multiple medications and is receiving psychiatric treatment and counseling for bipolar disorder and manic depression. New details and information have not yet been released on the development of his case.

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