Posts by Christina Ng

  • N.Y. Jury to See Video of Man Posing as Dead Mom

    Christina Ng at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Jurors in a New York court will see surveillance footage today of a man who allegedly dressed up as his dead mother for six years to cash her Social Security checks, even going as far as visiting the DMV for a new license in the get-up.

    Thomas Prusik-Parkin is accused of collecting more than $115,000 on his mother Irene Prusik's government benefits and rent subsidies for six years following her death in 2003.

    In what the Brooklyn district attorney's office called an "elaborate fraud," Parkin and an accomplice allegedly appropriated  Social Security benefits, social service payments and a townhouse, all while Parkin was dressed as his deceased 77-year-old mother.

    An accomplice, Mhilton Rimolo, posed at Prusik's nephew when the duo went out in costume.

    "These defendants ran a multi-year campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement.

    Parkin and Rimolo initiated the crime by doctoring Prusik's death certificate with a false Social Security Number and date of birth, which made it appear as though she were still alive, according to the indictment.

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  • T-Mobile's Spokeswoman Gets an Edgy Makeover

    Christina Ng at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    T-Mobile's chipper magenta-clad spokeswoman is getting a makeover. Carly is trading in her girly pink dresses for a leather bodysuit and a Ducati motorcycle.

    A teaser ad released today shows Carly opening up closet filled with variations of her signature pink frock. Then, a series of close-ups show Carly zipping up a black leather suit, with magenta accents, of course.

    Elevator doors open to reveal her in a full bodysuit with a black and pink motorcycle helmet propped on her hip and a matching motorcycle waiting for her.

    "The makeover from the girl-next-door to an edgier, more tech-savvy and spirited Carly is synonymous with the evolution of the T-Mobile brand as we continue to push the envelope with device and service innovation to deliver amazing 4G experiences at an affordable price," T-Mobile senior vice president of brand, advertising and communications Peter DeLuca wrote in a blog post.

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  • Drunken Wedding Guest Arrested - Slow Dances With Groom, Brawls With Bride

    Christina Ng at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A guest at an Ohio wedding wound up in jail charged with assault and intoxicated disorderly conduct. It all began when she  refused to stop slow dancing with the groom, which escalated into a brawl with the bride and an attack on an off-duty police officer.

    Dan Kuack was patrolling the St. Clarence Church Pavilion in North Olmsted, Ohio, on Saturday when he heard a woman  "yelling and screaming at two unknown males," according to the  police report.

    Kuack approached the group in the parking lot and found that the two men were trying to keep the woman, Brooke Burke, from driving off in her car because she was allegedly drunk. She was yelling because they'd taken her keys, the police report stated.

    The police officer calmed Burke down and took  her back into the reception hall.

    At that point the bride, Margaret Burke, told Kuack that Brooke  had tried to assault her earlier in the evening, according to the report.

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  • Mystery of 87-Year-Old Oregon Urn Solved?

    Christina Ng at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Alex Reed, 17, of Warrenton, Ore., found the copper-colored urn engraved with, “William George Kennedy, 1870-1925″ wedged between rocks on the coast. The urn is dented in several places and the top is bent to the right.

    Reed asked for help from the funeral home and a team of volunteers began to search for Kennedy’s descendents. Now, they think they may have found one of Kennedy’s great granddaughters in England who said the family has been missing the urn for years and is thrilled it has been found.

    “We still have to make sure,” Reed told today. “We don’t want to give this to someone that’s not an heir of the guy.”

    Reed was relaxing with a friend on a jetty and taking photos on the rocks when he climbed over the rocks to the ocean side where the waves were crashing.

    “When I turned to leave from the spot, I saw the urn and picked it up. I saw that it was from 1925 and put it in the car,” Reed said. “When I got back to my friend’s house, I realized it was an urn and I didn’t know what to do.”

    Reed called the Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Astoria, Ore. and asked if they could help. Funeral director Tom Preston told him to bring it in.

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  • Phoebe Prince's Parents Settled School District Lawsuit for $225,000

    Christina Ng at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    The parents of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after months of bullying at a Massachusetts high school in January 2010, settled a lawsuit with their daughter's school district for $225,000.

    The settlement was reached over a year ago, but the details were only disclosed on Tuesday when a journalist won a court order to release the information that had previously been sealed, according to the Associated Press.

    In July 2010, Prince 's parents, Jeremy Prince and Anne O'Brien, filed a complaint against the South Hadley Public School District with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination . They claimed that the school district did not do enough to protect their daughter from bullying.

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