Erica Parsons’ missing poster
This past Friday, the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, Casey and Sandy Parsons, were both sentenced to federal prison time after being previously convicted on fraud charges. Casey was sentenced to ten years while Sandy was sentenced to eight. They were both immediately taken into custody at the time of sentencing.
The Parsons’ were collecting government benefits for their adopted daughter Casey, even though no one had seen Erica for a year before she was reported missing by her adoptive brother. Casey Parsons claimed she gave Erica to Erica’s maternal grandmother, a woman by the alleged name of Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman. The problem is no one can prove that Nan exists or that the exchange ever took place. There has also been evidence that while Erica was with her adoptive parents that she was abused horribly. Also there were other allegations of fraudulent activity by Casey Parsons against other persons as well. It seems like she was another grifter in the vein of Elisa Baker.
I wonder how long it will take before the Parsons turn on each other while in prison. Alive or dead Erica deserves justice, and not these measly fraud sentences.
UPDATE 6/23/2016: Casey Parsons has been moved to a minimum security prison in Florida.
UPDATE 7/18/2016: This is a super late update, but both Casey and Sandy Parsons have had their appeals for lesser sentences denied by the Federal Courts.
Erica Parsons’ missing poster
Last week the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons,Casey and Sandy Parsons, were arrested by federal agents on fraud charges. Erica has been missing from their Salisbury, North Carolina home since 2011 but the Parsonses have allegedly been collecting government benefits on Erica since that time.
The pair have been charged with 76 counts of various fraud charges stemming from Erica’s disappearance ranging from mail fraud to healthcare fraud among others. The pair was released and have been ordered to wear monitors.
Hopefully this will jar one of the two into telling authorities what really happened to Erica instead of the outrageous story that she went to live with her biological grandmother ‘Nan’. If I had to take a guess on who will crack first I would imagine it would be Sandy Parsons as Casey probably doesn’t feel like she did anything wrong.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Erica Lynn Parsons is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, 1st. Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687 or Investigator Sara Benfield at 704-216-8739.
Prosecutors Seek 3 Years in Prison for Lori Drew:
Apparently the last post I made about probation and a fine being recommended for Lori Drew was sort of incorrect. That recommendation was made by Drew’s defense. That’s what happens when I let my heart get a head of my brain. Thanks to Pat for pointing that out to me.
However the prosecutors in the case want to see Lori Drew get three years in prison on the fraud charges that led to the suicide of Megan Meier.
Three years in prison won’t bring Megan back but it would be a modicum of justice.
Lawsuit says NY failed to protect disabled kids:
The U.S. federal government has launched a lawsuit against Ne wYork City claiming that failed to prevent a woman who used fake identities to adopt 10 disabled children so she could collect $1.68M in subsidies.
Of course the woman, Judith Leekin, 64, had no real interest in caring for the children as she was sentenced to 20 years in prison and the home was described as the usual ‘house of horrors’.
Leekin lived in Florida but had no problems adopting the kids from NYC and collecting the checks. She’s also been sentenced to 11 years in the federal pen for fraud.
The lawsuit seeks to collect $15M for each child.
Thanks to Angel for the tip.
Guilty verdict on lesser charges in MySpace case:
First off I hope you all had a Happy and safe Thanksgiving those of you in the U.S. Now on to the story I’m sure you’ve been waiting for me to talk about.
Lori Drew was convicted. As I’m sure you all know by now she was only convicted of the lesser misdemeanor charges of three counts of accessing a computer without authorization. The jury was hung on the felony count of conspiracy. If I remember correctly the most she can get is one year a piece for each of the misdemeanor convictions. Let’s face it though, she’ll do no time.
U.S. District Judge George Wu still has not ruled on the defense’s motion for a mistrial which could result in there being no conviction whatsoever.
I’m going to wait on Judge Wu’s ruling before I offer any further commentary because anything I say now could be made moot come Monday or when ever he decides to rule.
Judge puts off ruling in Internet hoax case:
U.S. District Court Judge George Wu said today that he will not rule on whether or not the charges against Lori Drew will be dismissed. Instead he cited a rule that allows him to wait after a verdict is reached before deciding on dismissal.
Meanwhile the trial will continue.
I have a feeling that George Wu already has his mind made up to dismiss but wants to see if the jury will take that responsibility away from him.
The defense rested today without calling Lori Drew to the stand.
The case has been sent to the jury after closing arguments. In those arguments Drew’s attorney laid the blame of Megan’s death squarely at the feet of Tina Meier, Megan’s mother.
More highlights from the Lori Drew trial.
Drew’s former hairdresser, Christina Chu, testified that Drew considered the harassment of Megan Meier ‘a funny story’.. Chu even admonished Drew for what she was doing. When Chu asked why Drew wasn’t going to Megan’s wake Drew reportedly said “It’s not like I pulled the trigger.”
Ashely Grills testified that when Drew learned of Megan’s death that Drew said to her “`We could have pushed her overboard because she was suicidal and depressed.'” Ya think?
And when Grills expressed her concerns to Drew about getting in trouble Drew dismissed it saying “It was fine and people do it all the time.”
MySpace executive Jae Sung basically testified that you have to check a box that shows you accept MySpace’s TOS. You think that would be a stupid thing to testify about but not everyone out in the non-internet world knows this.
Also an FBI agent testified that Drew deleted files from her computer on the day of Megan’s suicide but they couldn’t tell what the files contained.
The prosecution rested and the defense made a motion for dismissal claiming that the prosecution did not prove Drew committed a crime. The Judge did not reject the motion and will rule on dismissal on Monday.
Drew’s daughter Sara testifed that Lori Drew told Ashley Grills to delete the fake MySpace two weeks before Megan committed suicide.
Evidence of Megan Meier’s death will be permitted in Lori Drew’s cyber-bullying trial:
On Friday after saying he probably wouldn’t allow it at trial U.S. District Judge George Wu ruled that prosecutors would be able to present Megan Meier’s suicide at Lori Drew’s fraud trial.
I’m torn on this because it will lead to a conviction but it will also lead to an appeal and possibly an overturn of the conviction.
Suicide evidence likely out of MySpace hoax trial:
Yesterday the federal judge presiding over the trial of Lori Drew said that he was leading towards excluding the suicide of Megan Meier as evidence.
Personally I don’t have any problem with this. I don’t want Lori Drew to have any excuse if she is sent to prison. I want it to be done by the books and iron clad.
There have been some more developments in the trial of Lori Drew.
First a judge deferred ruling on a motion to dismiss the charges. The trial is expected to take place November 18th.
In another development, Lori Drew waived her right to a jury trial, opting instead for the trial to be decided by a judge.
I don’t blame her for that one. A jury would weigh heavily on Megan Meier’s suicide and not the letter of the law. However the prosecution needs to agree for the trial to go to a judge and of course they didn’t.