The wife of a man who faked his own drowning off the coast of Long Island is asking for protection from her husband of 12 years because she fears might try to hurt her.
Raymond Roth disappeared while swimming at Jones Beach on July 28, but was spotted speeding days later in South Carolina. Last week, his wife Evana Roth showed reporters emails between her husband and stepson that revealed the elder Roth's apparent plot to fake his own death.
But with her husband's scam laid bare, she told the New York Post that she's afraid he'll retaliate against her.
"I’m afraid he’s going to come after me because I’m the one who found out he was alive,” Evana, 43, said, according to the Post.
Evana, a doctor's receptionist, said that her husband drank too much and used abusive language with her, The New York Times said.
Text messages Raymond, 47, sent her on Friday around the time of her press conference indicated that he was driving near the couple's Massapequa home, but his whereabouts are still unknown.
"The place looks a little crowded. I just drive by," he wrote, according to ABC News. " Call me later."
Evana says she's already changed the locks on their house.
Roth wants to get a court order of protection against her husband, ABC News said.
The mystery began when Raymond's son Jonathan reported that his father vanished on July 28. But Raymond resurfaced in South Carolina when a police officer who pulled him over for speeding saw that his name appeared on a national missing persons registry. Roth told the officer that he was en route to New York.
The emails that Evana disclosed showed that her husband - who recently lost his computer manager job and almost completely emptied their bank account -- had checked into an Orlando resort and he asked his son to contact him there.
Her lawyer alleges that Raymond bumped up his life insurance coverage and removed his wife as executor of his will. The intercepted email messages showed that Raymond directed his son to casually give relatives new copies of his will and to keep an eye on the house, which he'd put up for sale.
Jonathan denied that he knew about his father's intentions, but Evana believes he was in on the scheme and wants a restraining order against him too.
Police haven't decided yet if they'll charge Raymond with a crime.