Adoptive parents of missing Erica Parsons battle with reporters on way out of courthouse

Casey and Sandy Parsons (WSOC)

Casey and Sandy Parsons (WSOC)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —  A fight almost broke out outside the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem Wednesday after the adoptive parents of missing teen Erica Parsons left their first court appearance.

Sandy and Casey Parsons shoved reporters, shouting for them to move as they got into their car.

Sandy and Casey Parsons are the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, who was reported missing on July 30, 2013 by her adoptive brother. The teenager reportedly has not been seen since November 2011.

Each is being held on a $25,000 unsecured bond and have been placed under house arrest.

The couple was arrested Wednesday morning on federal fraud charges.

The 76-count criminal indictment was unsealed Wednesday following the couple’s arrest by FBI and IRS-CI agents in Fayetteville.

The 76-count criminal indictment was unsealed Wednesday following the couple’s arrest by FBI and IRS-CI agents in Fayetteville.

Erica Parsons age progression photo (Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Erica Parsons age progression photo (Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

The indictment alleges that from February 2010 to August 2013, Sandy Parsons, 40, and Casey Parsons, 39, committed tax fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, identity theft and engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the government.

The Parsons are accused of receiving government funded adoption assistance, Medicaid, Social Security, and Food and Nutrition Services benefits for a dependent that did not live with them and used the mail to commit the fraud.

The indictment also alleges that Casey Parsons fraudulently used the identities of other people and used other false information when preparing federal tax returns.

Sandy and Casey Parsons are both charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, 20 counts of theft of government funds and 20 counts of mail fraud.

Sandy Parsons is also charged with one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of false statement to a government agency.

Casey Parsons is charged with one count of false pretense in a health care matter, two counts of Social Security fraud, 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, two counts of false statement to a government agency, six counts of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return, six counts of wire fraud and one count of making false claim against the government.

The couple will appear in court at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem.

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