Friday, June 19, 2009

son keeps his mother "alive" to keep her checks coming

Irene Prusik died in 2003 at the age of 73. Since dead people cannot collect social security checks, her son, Thomas Prusik-Parkin came up with an amazingly stupid and brazen plan:

Thomas has impersonated his dead mother for the last six years so that he could collect her checks.

When Irene died, Thomas gave the funeral director a false social security number so that her government checks would not stop. Then, he started making appearances as his mother.

Thomas would wear a wig, glasses and his mother's dresses (see photo). He collected her checks, visited banks and carried on any official business that might be necessary to keep his mother "alive." He even renewed her driver's license.

Thomas was often assisted by Mhilton Rimolo, who posed as Irene's nephew. Mhilton would help "Aunt Irene" walk and answer questions.

The ruse came to an end when the owner of Thomas' building tipped-off authorities.

Authorities then set up an "interview" with Irene. Thomas showed up "wearing a red cardigan, lipstick, manicured nails and breathing through an oxygen tank." It was, however, impossible for him to hide his man-hands.

If convicted, Thomas, now 49, and his "cousin" Mhilton, 47, will be old enough to collect their own social security checks when they get out of jail in 25 years. [www_ananova_com]

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