Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons arraigned in federal court, plead not guilty

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The adoptive parents of missing Erica Parsons were arraigned in federal court in Greensboro Wednesday and both pleaded not guilty to all fraud charges.

Sandy Parsons, 40, and Casey Parsons, 39, were arrested last week, accused of committing tax fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, identity theft and engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the government.

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.

The Parsons are also 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 unsealed last week 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.

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