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New York City Man Denies He Dressed as Dead Mother in Scam

A man accused of dressing up as his dead mother to collect her Social Security and rent subsidies is blaming the crime on an impersonator.

Thomas Prusik-Parkin tells the New York Post in a jailhouse interview that the person captured on security cameras dressed in a wig and his mom's clothing wasn't him.

The paper says that during the 40-minute interview at Riker's Island, the 49-year-old also claimed his mother was once a B-movie star who dated Gene Kelly, and offered a rambling discourse on the psyche of Norman Bates, the cross-dressing killer in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

Prusik-Parkin and an alleged accomplice are awaiting trial on larceny and fraud charges.

Click here for more on this story from the New York Post.