SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - 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, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine; one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years, consecutive to any other sentence, and a $250,000 fine; one count of false statement to a government agency, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine; twenty counts of theft of government funds which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and twenty counts of mail fraud which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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, and her abrupt disappearance from the family's home on Miller Chapel Road in Rowan County.
Erica Parsons was reported missing in late July of 2013 by her adoptive brother, but had not actually 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 ever 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 even took an interest in the case. Sandy and Casey appeared on the Dr. Phil show, but abruptly left after Sandy appeared to fail a lie detector test given by someone associated with the show. Casey 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 are both facing 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 being serving their sentences.
Sentencing is set for 9:30 Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem.