Parents of missing adopted daughter will be sentenced in tax fraud case

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — A sentencing hearing is scheduled to resume for the adoptive parents of a teen who has been missing from her home for years.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday in federal court in Winston-Salem.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder delayed the sentencing last month for Sandy and Casey Parsons on tax fraud charges after a hearing revealed the conditions under which Erica Parsons lived before she disappeared in 2011. She was 13 at the time, and wasn't reported missing until 2013.

Prosecutors offered testimony about the girl's living conditions in an attempt to increase the sentence for the couple. They say the couple routinely abused the girl.

The Parsons were charged with continuing to collect benefits, including monthly adoption assistance checks, after their adopted daughter disappeared.

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