Attorney Len Leeds: Wife of Missing L.I. Man Seeks Order of Protection

CARLE PLACE Lenard Leeds, the lawyer for Evana Roth, whose jobless husband was reported missing after going for a swim at Long Island’s Jones Beach — only to turn up days later speeding down a South Carolina highway, says he will go to court today to seek an order of protection for his client.

“Our goal is really to get her protection, make sure that she’s not in any imminent danger,” Leeds, a partner in the Carle Place law firm Leeds, Morelli & Brown PC, said this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We plan to go into court to get a stay-away order.”

“I know she wants to end the marriage and move on with her life,” Leeds added.

Leeds said Raymond Roth had allegedly taken out extra life insurance and removed his wife as executor of his will months earlier, which led her to believe he had had been planning to stage his own death.

At a news conference on Friday, Roth said she had no part in her husband’s scheme and discovered it while making preparations for his funeral. She also said her husband, who has yet to be located, has been calling her cellphone and sending her text messages, some as recently as Friday morning.

Police spent days search for Raymond Roth, but learned days later that he had been seen in Florida and received a speeding ticket on Thursday in Santee, S.C.

Last month, according to a published report, Nassau County Police required Raymond Roth to surrender a handgun and his pistol license after a harassment complaint was filed against him in New York City.

Lenard Leeds Talks About the Case on ABC News