A Brooklyn man was convicted today of impersonating his dead mother in order to collect her social security checks and remain in her $2.2 million Park Slope home, the New York Post reported.
Thomas Prusik-Parkin wore a wig and dress in videos presented by the prosecution that convinced the jury that he was in fact guilty of grand larceny, mortgage fraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Prusik-Parkin was found out after a final impersonation, wherein he wore his mother’s clothes to court to fight the purchase of his mother’s foreclosed on home in 2009 — by then the Social Security Administration had become aware of Irene Prusik’s death. He could have escaped a prison term with time-served if he pleaded guilty, the Post said, but Prusik-Parkin maintains his innocence and will now go to prison. [Post]