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      Son dressed as dead mother to scam money

      A man who dressed as his dead mother as part of a real estate scam using lipstick, manicured nails and even an oxygen tank at a meeting was convicted of fraud and could spend up to 83 years in prison.

      Thomas Parkin was found guilty of charges that included fraud, grand larceny, perjury and forgery. Parkin and a partner cashed his mother's social security checks every month for six years, stealing about $44,000. The real estate scam centered on an apartment building in Brooklyn that Parkin's mother had deeded to her son in the 1990s.

      In January 2003, nine months before his mother died, Parkin was forced to sell the building at a foreclosure auction. Soon after, Parkin and another man, Mhilton Rimolo, 49, filed a fraud lawsuit against the building's new owner under his dead mother's name.

      Parkin began changing documents to make it appear that his mother was not dead, and he even set up a meeting with the Brooklyn District Attorney's real estate fraud unit to talk to them about the matter.

      When investigators from the fraud unit got to the meeting they found "Parkin dressed as his 77 year old mother, he was wearing a red cardigan, lipstick, manicured nails and even breathing through an oxygen tank," prosecutors said on Thursday. For more information go to