Thomas Prusik-Parkin is one sick man. He dressed in drag, as his own dead mother to collect her benefits! He even had an accomplice. Seriously, how low can you go? Check out the photos, and details of his elaborate crime here…
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MailOnline — A New Yorker accused of a bizarre scam in which he dressed up like his dead mother for six years to steal $115,000 in benefits is appearing in court this week. On Tuesday jurors will be shown a screening of Thomas Prusik-Parkin, 53, allegedly carrying off his extraordinary act.
The elaborate disguise and Mhilton Rimolo’s help, who pretended to be a nephew taking care of his ‘elderly aunt’, enabled him to collect Irene Prusik’s government and rent subsidies, it is claimed. Prusik-Parkin is accused of giving a funeral director the wrong Social Security number and date of birth for his mother so that her death would not be registered in government databases.
After making sure her death would not be accurately recorded, Thomas began collecting $700 a month in Social Security in her name, in addition to his own disability checks, officials claim. He is accused of posing as Irene to file for bankruptcy so ‘she’ would be eligible for $39,000 in city subsidies to help pay rent on an apartment.
Prusik-Parkin’s mother, an actress, died in September 2003. However, the woman’s monthly benefits were paid until June 2009, a Social Security investigator told the court. In the astonishing six-year charade prosecutors argue that Prusik-Parkin, who was already on his own disability benefits, repeatedly cashed in his dead mother’s payments and collected the rent subsidies on the $2.2 million Brooklyn apartment she had left him.
The alleged fraudster was eventually caught out when he sought out prosecutors, dressed up in his full disguise, to complain he was being ripped off by the man who bought the apartment for $660,000 in a foreclosure auction. In 2009 Prusik-Parkin was arrested and charged with grand larceny, forgery and conspiracy charges linked to a deed and mortgage fraud scheme. Prusik-Parkin said when he was arrested, according to detectives:
‘I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother.’
In a 2009 interview with the New York Post Prusik-Parkin confessed to being a fan of Norman Bates, the main character from the 1960 classic ‘Psycho’ who spies on and kills women he then imagines to be his mother.
The defendant’s lawyer, Morris Shamuil, argued that there was ‘absolutely no proof’ that his client dressed up as his mother. Prusik-Parkin faces 25 years in prison if convicted of grand larceny. His accomplice, Mhilton Rimolo, 44, served less than a year in prison after pleading guilty for his part in the fraud.