Not because he had lost his mother, but because he would lose out on all the financial aid she was receiving.
Unwilling to forgo Prusik's $700-a-month Social Security checks, Thomas Prusik-Parkin concocted an elaborate scheme in which he continued to collect his mother's benefits by donning a wig and a cane and cashing in her payments.
Prusik-Parkin successfully pulled off the scam for six years, netting $115,000 in benefits in addition to his own disability checks.
After having the audacity to complain about being ripped off by the person who bought his mother's apartment in a foreclosure auction, the fraudster was caught in 2009.
Prusik-Parkin, an admitted Norman Bates fan, now faces 25 years in prison for grand larceny.
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"Is that your cane, or are you just pleased to see me?"