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his fellow co-workers causing his gun permit had been revoked.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.
If you are facing criminal charges in New York don't let it spin this
far out of your control, take legal action now and get a
criminal defense attorney from Prime & O'Brien, LLP involved immediately. We may
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related to your charges.
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