Man Who Led Teacher Test Taking Scheme Sentenced

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(Memphis) Clarence Mumford Sr. admitted to convincing teachers to take out loans so they could pay him to hire someone to take their certification test.

As an educator, Mumford counseled children on how to make the right choices.

At Monday’s sentencing, a federal judge says it’s appalling he was doing that, and at the same time, lying and cheating for his own personal gain.

If Mumford had gone to trial and he was guilty on all 63 counts he was accused of he would have spent the rest of his life in jail, but instead he plead guilty to two of those charges.

He admitted making fake IDs for people to take other teacher's certification tests for money.

This went on for almost twenty years in three states.

Witnesses claim Mumford's favorite saying was, 'it costs to be ignorant.'

“It's shameful the fact that you have aspiring teachers who were told they didn't get jobs because of teachers who didn't play by the rules,” said US Attorney Ed Stanton III.

Because of this the ringleader of the cheating scheme is ordered to pay over $150,000 in restitution to the school districts, including MCS, that he caused to lose good teachers.

Stanton says the case against the others involved is still open.

Mumford's wife also took the stand.

She told the judge she needs him at home because of health reasons because he does all the cooking and cleaning and driving.

Mumford took the stand today to apologize to his family and the entire community.

He says he started out just trying to help people.

The judge says in the end there is no way to measure the impact of how many children were taught by unqualified teachers because of Mumford’s actions.