Casey and Sandy Parsons, the adoptive parents of of missing Rowan County teen Erica Parsons, have been arrested on federal fraud charges that include collecting government assistance for their daughter, who has been missing since 2011.
The Charlotte Observer reports FBI and IRS agents arrested the couple, who moved to Fayetteville during the investigation into Erica's disappearances, which wasn't reported until 2013, two years after she was last seen by friends and family.
Not a single trace of the missing teen has been found, and authorities still don't have a suspect, they said Tuesday.
A conference with media was scheduled yesterday but abruptly canceled, presumably because of today's news.
Federal prosecutors accuse the couple of accepting $634 checks each month from January 2012 through last August for adoption assistance. Investigators said those checks were issued by the Cabarrus County social services department, where Casey and Sandy Parsons lived when Erica started living with them in March 1998.
Both Sandy Parsons, 40, and Casey Parsons, 39, are charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the government; 20 counts of theft of government funds; and 20 counts of mail fraud.
Each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentences and loads in fines. Charged with additional counts, Sandy could face up to 183 years in prison.