Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thomas Prusik-Parkin who dressed in dead mother's clothes to collect THOUSANDS in Social Security checks jailed for 41 years

A man who dressed up as his dead mother in a bizarre real estate fraud where he cashed thousands of dollars from her that Social Security checks was sentenced Monday to up to 41 years in a New York jail.

Thomas Prusik Parkin was convicted May 3 on charges including grand larceny and mortgage fraud after collecting roughly $44,000 from the government over the six years since his mother died.

Surveillance footage shows Prusik-Parkin dressed in a blonde wig, a red cardigan, and oversized sunglasses on a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew his mother Irene's driver's license after she had already died.

He was sentenced Monday to spend between 13-years-and-8-months to 41 years in prison.

The 51-year-old Parkin argued that his sentence should be lessened, saying in court that he never hurt anyone or used stolen funds for personal gain or injury. Read More