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Brooklyn Man Dresses Up As Dead Mother To Cash Social Security Checks

May 7, 2012 by  

Brooklyn Man Dresses Up As Dead Mother To Cash Social Security Checks
Thomas Prusik Parkin wore a wig and a red dress to renew his deceased mother’s driver’s license.

A Brooklyn man is facing time behind bars for stealing the identity of his dead mother. Thomas Prusik Parkin has been found guilty of grand larceny, mortgage fraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Parkin took advantage of more than $115,000 of government benefits which were addressed to his deceased mom. Irene Prusik died in 2003, but she still received Social Security benefits until June 2009.

Over the course of six years, Parkin impersonated his mother by donning a platinum wig and red dress when he went to cash the checks. And Parkin wasn’t alone. His partner in crime, Mhilton Rimolo, posed as his mother’s nephew when the con went out in public.

“These defendants ran a multi-year campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement.

They were even captured on video at the Department of Motor Vehicles renewing the dead woman’s driver’s license.

The con artists were caught during a real-estate issue. Parkin had been unable to maintain ownership of his mother’s house. The house was sold in a foreclosure and the new owner accused Parkin of filing a false affidavit.

Parkin told the district attorney his mom would meet with them.

“When prosecutors and detective investigators arrived, they found Prusik-Parkin dressed as his 77-year-old mother, wearing a red cardigan, lipstick, manicured nails and breathing through an oxygen tank,” the DA’s office said.

The duo was indicted on 47 counts each. Last week, a jury found Parkin guilty of 11 criminal counts. He faces up to 83 years in prison when he is sentenced May 21. Rimolo, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • LAB

    Fraud??? How many counts are there against the potus and no charges yet!!?? What about the BILLIONS of dollars the IRS has given to ILLEGAL ALIENS filing FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS ANNUALLY!???? No prosecution there either!!??? What about contempt charges against Holder and the potus??? What about the daily fraud against the DNC and using the dead to vote!!??? NO CHARGES AGAIN!!! It seems in order to enforce the laws for crimes in this country you must be a WHITE WORKING FOOL!

    • old hillbilly

      Was parkin on the whitehouse staff – maybe they’re the duo behind the teleprompter??? On the staff of gittn’er & barnacle, oiling the money machine or passing out samples to low friends in high places???

  • Pete0097

    All I can say is GOOD. Now they have to turn their attention to aliens both legal and illegal using theri children, nieces and nephews living in foriegn countries being used as deductions to get bigger refunds. Some were as big as $29,000 for an estimated $4.5 billion dollars

  • Steve E

    I bet if Social Security was privatized, that would not have happened.

    • Sarah

      IF Social Security was privatized, the Republicans would then rob it, either way, its being robbed, and lets not forget what privatizing done to the post office, its been lead by the republican run congress, and is a complete mess, they are setting it up to make off like bandit’s. Read on. The cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis is largely misunderstood. The primary cause of the dire financial situation is a mandate imposed by Congress in 2006 that requires the USPS to “pre-fund” health care benefits for future retirees. This obligation drains up to $5.5 billion annually from postal accounts to fund a 75-year obligation compressed into a 10-year time period. No other government agency or private business bears such a mandate. And to add to the problem, the same piece of legislation does not allow for the Postal Service to raise the price of postage to recoup any of this cost!

      • Emoke

        The privatization of the post office is a joke. Yes it is privatized in name but it is strangled by so many rules and regulations to say nothing of their on going union contracts that they have no leeway to act as a private company. Practically no decisions can be made for it to actually make money. It’s like telling your kids that they grew up but insisting on unreasonable bed times, monitoring who they befriend, controlling where they work, what they spend and holding on to their check books. On top of that you get to complain that they have not spread their wings and made anything of themselves. Object lesson in why central control DOES NOT work.

      • Brad

        Sarah in 2006 we had a repubilcan president, but we had a dempcratic congress and senate. Just saying!!

      • Steve E

        When I say privatized. I mean privatized without any intervention. Not like the Post Office.

    • Brad

      If most of these government departments were privatized lots of fraud would not be going on. US is becoming a cease pool

  • Sarah

    This is got to be the most hilarious behavior ever, to dress as a women, his own mother, and cash in her Social Security checks is just crazy, with all the time, he spent concocting this scheme he could have got a acting job, what was he thinking? now he will spend some serious time behind bars for his thefts.


    Your have very strange penalties, instead of putting the low life into jail with free lodgings and taking up space suitable for murderers, just fine him and take more of his own money. Put the real bad criminals in jail for 83 years…but a stupid mentally sick guy in jail is plain silly.

    • Buster the Anatolian

      Since no mention was made of any attempt to recover any of the money I would come to the conclusion it has been spent by the guy and his cousin. That being the case the choices are jail time or a slap on the wrist and the admonition to be a good boy from now on.

      • vicki

        If equal protection under the law was still around he would get a slap on the wrist. To jail him for 80+years but ignore the fraud perpitrated by Obama is certainly NOT what the 14th amendment had in mind for “equal”.

  • JON

    He probably would have gotten away with it in his blue outfit instead of the red one. The only problem was that his mother’s beard was heavier.

  • Sarah

    The cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis is largely misunderstood. The primary cause of the dire financial situation is a mandate imposed by Congress in 2006 that requires the USPS to “pre-fund” health care benefits for future retirees. This obligation drains up to $5.5 billion annually from postal accounts to fund a 75-year obligation compressed into a 10-year time period.)
    This is part of the problem.
    But the dramatic decrease of personal mail over the last decade is also part of the problem. Some of the impact of that is mitigated by the proliferation of junk mail.
    But it still exists.
    The GOP just pushed the problem over the edge because of their need to attack any thing that stinks of democracy. Such as ‘Unions’.

  • 45caliber

    This is not a big surprise. A check in Texas found that over a hundred thousand people were doing the same thing. There is no check of death certificates against SS payments. This is the same all over the US. The only thing these two did was try to renew it.

    Another thing common is for family to continue to use handicap parking as well. That’s one reason Texas passed a law allowing a police office to demand proof of handicap if they see someone who doesn’t appear handicapped to park in a handicap spot.

  • Gang Buster 2012

    Just goes to show you,what shape this Nation is in,and what kind of “low-Lifes” there are walking around in this Country.!!!!!!!!!!

    • dufas magnet

      Starting with those political and corporate rascals.

  • http://peresonallibertydigest.. gottaplenty

    I just witnessed that thing about handicapped . I being unfortunate enough to have to use handicap parking whenever i can, I parked in a regular spot the other day and while i was sitting there I saw alittle way over across the way a young very lively young lady load her stuff in her car and hop in and drive away. another car pulled into that place ,and a young couple hung the tag in the windshield and ran across the street. Before I left that spot I saw two and maybe more doing the same thing. . If you just watch you will see more all the time.

  • HKaufman

    Norman Bates syndrome..

  • EyesWideOPEN

    One individual fraud caught, now, how about those corporate frauds, huh? Medical frauds and most importantly, all those political fraudsters.. Guess that’s hitting too close to home.

  • simian_pete

    To bad they got caught. Maybe they needed to take some acting lessons.


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