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Adoptive Parents Of Erica Parsons Arrested

By: Nichole Jaworski
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File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

Casey and Sandy Parsons were arrested this morning, exactly one year after their adopted daughter, Erica Parsons, was first reported missing.

Shortly after 6 a.m. this morning, federal agents moved in on the couple in their Fayetteville home. They were arrested a few moments later on fraud charges, such as tax fraud, identity theft, and mail fraud.

Erica’s disappearance made national headlines, but throughout the search for the missing North Carolina teen, her adoptive parents have maintained their innocence. Furthermore, they deny any wrongdoing or involvement in the teen’s disappearance.

The accused fraud is directly related to government funds the family received for Erica, including adoption assistance, medical care, and social security benefits. The Parsons continued to accept these funds even after Erica no longer resided in their household.

If convicted, Sandy and Casey Parsons could face between 5 and 20 years in prison, in addition to steep fines.

To read the full indictment, click here.

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