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Crime Nearby: Man Who Faked Death Arrested Again

Notable arrests and convictions near Syosset.

Crime Nearby: Man Who Faked Death Arrested Again

The man who faked his own death at Jones Beach last summer found himself back in jail – this time held without bail – just one day after taking a plea deal.

Raymond Roth, 48, of Long Beach, was arrested Wednesday, accused of impersonating a police officer and trying to lure a woman into a white minivan on March 21, Nassau County Police said.

Roth made national headlines when he was reported missing off Jones Beach by his son only to later turn up at his condo in Florida. He received a speeding ticket on the drive south after his supposed disappearance.

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$50 Million Ponzi Scheme Alleged

The FBI arrested a Far Rockaway man on Thursday for allegedly defrauding victims out of more than $50 million in a real estate Ponzi scheme.

Gershon Barkany, 29, allegedly promised to use large sums of money from at least five victims in “risk-free” deals to purchase and then immediately resell at a profit real estate properties located in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Atlantic City, according to the criminal complaint.

One problem: The FBI says the properties don't exist. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.

DA: Fake Psychology Practice

A Huntington man has pleaded not guilty to charges he practiced psychology without a license.

Adam M. Goldrusso, 46, also pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal sale of marijuana. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said that Goldrusso: "Did practice and held himself out to practice, psychology by identifying himself as a licensed psychologist and by engaging in counseling and/or psychotherapy."

It was not immediately known how many people he treated.

The unauthorized practice of a professional is a violation of state education law. Both charges are felonies.

Armed Robber Pleads Guilty

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the armed robbery of a Baldwin Radio Shack in May 2012.

Dominique Navarro, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in exchange for a promised eight-year prison sentence, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Navarro and three other men held up the Grand Avenue Radio Shack, displaying a handgun, restraining the store clerk and taking electronics and cash from the register, Rice said.

Glen Cove Warrant Sweep

Glen Cove and Nassau County Police teamed up last week to arrest 12 people during a warrant sweep. Charges included aggravated unlicensed operation, assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, DWI, violation of probation, menacing and criminal sale of controlled substances.

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