Son dresses as dead mum to claim benefits

Thomas Parkin dresses up as his mother, and how he usually looks (inset)
Thomas Parkin dresses up as his mother, and how he usually looks (inset)

A man has been charged in a bizarre plot to collect his deceased mother’s benefits by impersonating her.

Irene Prusik died six years ago, but in April, someone showed up at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Brooklyn, New York, to renew her driver’s license.

The explanation given by prosecutors rivals the Hitchcock classic “Psycho”: It was her son, in drag.

Thomas Parkin, 49, was charged in the plot to impersonate his deceased mother so he could collect $117,000 in government benefits.

He and the man accused of being his accomplice, Mhilton Rimolo, pleaded not guilty to grand larceny, criminal impersonation and other charges.

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