There are cases nationwide of Social Security checks getting cashed after people have died. Here is a look at some of the more unusual cases compiled from court records and news accounts:
-- In a bizarre 2009 indictment, Thomas Prusik-Parkin, 49, of Brooklyn, donned a wig, nail polish, a dress, cane and oxygen tank to impersonate his dead mother and collect $115,000 in Social Security and rent subsidies after her death in 2003. He even brought along a phony nephew to bolster his charade.
-- In October, a New Jersey woman was sentenced to three years in state prison for cashing Social Security and pension checks of a man dead for six years. Rosemarie Gonzalez Rodriguez, 50, his caretaker, must pay $172,763 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and state Division of Pension and Benefits.
His body had gone unclaimed at the medical examiner's office and he was buried as an indigent at a cemetery. Gonzalez, who had power of attorney over his accounts, continued spending his money and told police he'd always told her she'd be taken care of and, "What's mine is yours."
-- In September, 54-year-old Brian Fransen of Palm Harbor, Fla., was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation for grand theft involving 17 Social Security checks he cashed belonging to his dead aunt over two years; he claimed a friend signed them for him. A Pinellas judge ordered him to pay $5,626 in restitution.
-- In April 2010, a Staten Island, N.Y., man was arrested on grand larceny charges after ATM security cameras showed him taking the $1,022 monthly Social Security checks deposited into his dead grandmother's account for 11/2 years. Anthony Smith, 44, told detectives he used it to pay for her funeral and his bills; his case is pending.
-- In January 2010, Carlos Correa, a Houston attorney for 40 years, was sentenced to 12 years in a Texas state prison -- a year for each year his father was dead. He was ordered to reimburse the Social Security Administration nearly $180,000.
"I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother," Parkin told police when he was arrested in June 2009 on grand larceny, forgery and conspiracy charges.
-- In January 2008, two men wheeled their dead roommate, Virgilio Cintron, 66, flopping from side to side in a red office chair, to a Hells Kitchen check cashing store after an employee said he had to be there to cash his $355 Social Security check.
David J. Dalaia and James O'Hare, both 65, dressed the corpse and wheeled it there. A clerk who knew Cintron asked where he was. O'Hare pointed outside, where a crowd had gathered, attracting the suspicions of a New York police detective dining nearby.
Police said the pair got the idea from "Weekend at Bernie's," a movie in which two men pretend their dead employer is still alive. They were charged with forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, attempted petty larceny and improper disposal of a body.
Four months later, however, prosecutors dropped the charges. The medical examiner told police Cintron had died of natural causes within the past 24 hours. Prosecutors couldn't disprove the men's story -- that Cintron was alive when they left home and must have died while they wheeled him down the street.