The adoptive parents of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons have a date in federal court on Wednesday to learn what sentence they will serve in prison for fraud.
In November, Sandy Parsons was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of false statement to a government agency, 20 counts of theft of government funds and 20 counts of mail fraud.
Casey Parsons, 39, pleaded guilty to 16 similar federal charges Oct. 1.
An attorney not affiliated with the case told WBTV that witnesses can be called during the sentencing hearing and that those witnesses would be allowed to speak about Erica Parsons, her life with Casey and Sandy Parsons, and her abrupt disappearance from the family’s home on Miller Chapel Road in Rowan County.
Erica Parsons was reported missing in late July 2013 by her adoptive brother but had not been seen for more than a year before the report was filed.
Despite an extensive investigation by the Rowan Sheriff’s Office, the SBI and the FBI, no trace of Erica Parsons, dead or alive, has been found. Investigators have collected evidence from the Parsons former home on Miller Chapel Road, as well as property owned by other family members.
Nationally, “Nancy Grace” and the “Dr. Phil” show took an interest in the case. Sandy and Casey Parsons appeared on “Dr. Phil,” but abruptly left after Sandy Parsons appeared to fail a lie detector test given by someone associated with the show. Casey Parsons refused to take the test.
Casey and Sandy Parsons maintain that they delivered Erica to a grandmother named “Nan” who lived in the Asheville area. Local law enforcement and the FBI have repeatedly said that Casey and Sandy Parsons are lying about what happened to Erica and that Nan does not exist.
Sandy and Casey Parsons each face federal prison time for defrauding the government by continuing to accept federal adoption assistance money long after Erica Parsons was gone from the family home.
Once sentencing is announced, it is in the discretion of the judge to put them in handcuffs to be taken to a federal prison or release them with a date to report to federal prison to serve their sentences.
Sentencing is set for 9:30 Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem.