Thomas Parkin, 51, was found guilty of 11 criminal counts last Thursday to include charges on fraud, grand larceny, perjury and forgery. For the last six years, Parkin along with a partner, had been cashing Parkin’s mother’s social security checks every single month. Over the course of the six years, Parkin had obtained about $44,000 in fraudulently obtained money. Parkin faces up to 83 years in prison.
The fraud surrounding Parkin stems from a real estate scam in which Parkin went to great lengths to impersonate his mother. He used lipstick, manicured his nails, and even carried an oxygen tank. The scam is centered on an apartment building in Brooklyn that Parkin’s mother, Irene Pruskin, deeded to Parkin in the 90s. In January 2003, Parkin was forced to sell the building at a foreclosure auction. Parkin’s mother died nine months later. Not long after, Parkin and Mhilton Rimolo filed a fraud lawsuit against the building’s new owner under Irene Pruskin’s name.
Parkin forged documents to make it appear that his mother was still alive and went as far as to set up a meeting with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s real estate fraud unit. During that meeting, it was discovered that Parkin was impersonating his mother.
Leading fraud Expert, Linda Webb, AKA The Fraud Dog, says desperate times makes some people commit fraud, even in the strangest manner like this story. When backed into a corner, it may seem like the only way out. If you find yourself backed into a corner, think twice about choosing the road to fraud. Seek help from family, friends, and even law enforcement if needed. Participating in fraud scams is never the right choice! We all have choices, even during desperate times. Make the right choices. It is not worth committing to a life of crime says the Fraud Dog.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.