Teacher Test Fraud Ringleader Sentenced to 7 Years

Teacher Test Fraud Ringleader Sentenced to 7 Years

A longtime Memphis educator will spend seven years in federal prison for leading a 15-year scheme to help Mid-South teachers cheat on qualification exams.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Longtime Memphis educator Clarence Mumford, Sr., 59, was convicted of leading a 15-year scheme to help teachers cheat on qualification exams. He pleaded guilty in February to aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, Social Security fraud and identity theft.

In federal court Monday, May 13, Mumford was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $160,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say teachers in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas paid Mumford to hire test-takers to pass the PRAXIS exams for them. The teachers then used the passing test scores to get school jobs.

Sentencing documents filed in the case reveal that Mumford, who was once the Assistant Principal at Humes Middle School, arranged for at least 100 examinations on behalf of 50 different individuals. Mumford made over $100,000 during the course of the scheme.

Mumford was originally indicted in July 2012, which was later superceded in September by a 63-count indictment charging Mumford and 12 others, including Mumford's own son, Clarence Mumford, Jr.

Mumford, Sr. is the ninth defendant to be sentenced in the case.

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