(Memphis) – A well-known name joins the list of Memphis teachers and coaches accused in a teaching scam. Former NFL player Cedrick Wilson claiming he paid someone to take his teacher certification test. He’s the 14th person indicted in this fraud scheme.
Cedrick Wilson was a 6th round draft pick from the University of Tennessee and won a Superbowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I loved his NFL career he was a very hard worker,” MCS Parent Kenneth Moses said.
A local celebrity by most accounts, he graduated high school from Melrose and came back to Memphis to volunteer at Douglass High School as a coach.
He came back after the Steelers let him go because of some run-ins with the law involving an ex girlfriend.
The next year he was hired by Memphis City Schools as a substitute teacher and became a volunteer coach at White Station.
But, in 2009 the U.S. District Court said Wilson got involved in a teacher cheating scandal masterminded by Clarence Mumford, who was at the time an assistant principal at a Memphis school.
Mumford is accused of creating a scheme where teachers could pay others to take thier certification exams.
The indictment says Cedrick Wilson was one of the teachers who paid test takers. According to the indictment, the test taker used Wilson’s social security number while posing as Wilson to two PRAXIS Physical Education exams. Wilson then submitted an application to the Memphis City Schools in January 2010, citing those examinations in an attempt to obtain employment with the Memphis City Schools.
“That’s hard to really fathom,” Moses said. “It’s very shocking.”
Parents are saddened to hear a former mentor is now facing federal charges.
“Its very disheartening to hear but until everything comes out in court I can’t make
judgment,” Moses said.
Donna White’s son goes to White Station where Wilson was a coach and substitute teacher.
“I think its horrible,” she said. “It speaks to some of the lengths people go to to get a job.”
A job he’s now suspended from without pay.
The U.S. District Attorney Edward Stanton said in a prepared statement that “While Mr. Wilson’s status a former professional athlete afforded him a unique opportunity to be a mentor to students, his actions, as described by today’s indictment, should serve as a stark reminder that no one is above the law.