- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A federal jury on Monday convicted a man of collecting benefits for his missing adopted teenager after the girl disappeared.

Multiple media outlets report Sandy Parsons was found guilty of financial fraud in a Winston-Salem courtroom.

Parsons faced 49 counts of financial fraud related to his missing adopted daughter, Erica. He and his wife, Sandy, were accused of continuing to collect benefits after Erica Parsons disappeared.

The Parsons say they haven’t seen Erica since late 2011, when they say she moved to Asheville to live with a woman they believed was her biological grandmother. She wasn’t reported missing until 2013. Adopted at age 2 in 2000, she would be 16 now.

Despite her disappearance, prosecutors say the Parsonses continued to collect benefits, including monthly adoption assistance checks for $634.

Sandy Parsons pleaded guilty earlier this month to 16 fraud charges.

Casey and Sandy Parsons have said they have nothing to do with the girl’s disappearance and that she is living with her biological grandmother in Asheville. Police and the girl’s biological father say that woman does not exist.

Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office say the Parsonses have been uncooperative regarding the girl’s disappearance and that they have uncovered disturbing signs of foul play. So far, no charges have been filed.

In January, the FBI announced it was offering a $25,000 reward for information in Erica Parsons’ disappearance. The sheriff’s office is offering a separate $10,000 reward.

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