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Man Who Dressed as Dead Mother Sentenced

Thomas Parkin. DMV surveillance footage.

Brooklyn man Thomas Parkin, 51, who was convicted on May 3 of 11 criminal counts including fraud and larceny, was sentenced Monday to 13 2/3 to 41 years in prison.   After his mother, Irene Prusik, died, Parkin wrote documents in her name, and even dressed up as her, wearing lipstick, big glasses, and an oxygen tube.  In all, Parkin received $44,000 in Social Security checks over six years, and renewed his mother’s driver’s license while pretending to be her.

Parkin, again posing as his mother, also engaged in a property dispute regarding a building that she owned, but that Parkin lost to foreclosure.  Parkin contacted the District Attorney’s office to accuse the building’s new owners of fraud.  A meeting was arranged, and investigators, who by then knew Prusik was dead, arrived to find Parkin ”wearing a red cardigan, lipstick, manicured nails and breathing through an oxygen tank,” said prosecutors.


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