updated 6/20/2009 7:52:34 PM ET 2009-06-20T23:52:34

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

The newspaper says that during the 40-minute interview at the Riker's Island jail, 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."

Parkin and an alleged accomplice are awaiting trial on larceny and fraud charges. Parkin was charged Wednesday.

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