Mother of missing adopted daughter pleads guilty in Greensboro federal court to fraud charges

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GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The mother of a missing adopted teenager has pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro to 16 fraud charges.

U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand said Parsons pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, five counts of mail fraud, five counts of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return, four counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

The 39-year-old Parsons remains free pending sentencing scheduled for Feb. 10, 2015.

Rand said charges against Parsons' husband, Sandy Parsons, are pending.

The couple is 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.

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