More Indictments In Teacher Exam Scam

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(Memphis) Two more people have been indicted in connection with the teacher certification scam we first reported in July.

Clarence Mumford, Jr., and Dante Dowers have also been charged.

The indictment says Clarence Mumford, Jr. paid someone to take his PRAXIS teaching exam for him in January, 2008.

It charges Mumford, Jr. with using that examination to obtain a professional
teaching license from the Tennessee Department of Education in August 2011.

Dante Dowers is charged with acting as a middleman for Clarence Mumford, Sr., by getting one prospective teacher’s driver’s license, Social Security number and
$3,580 payment for a PRAXIS examination taken in July 2010.

Clarence Mumford, Sr. was indicted in July as the,  “alleged ringleader of a group of individuals whom he paid to take teacher certification examinations on behalf of teachers and prospective teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

According to that indictment, the ring had been in operation since 1995, continued until at least March 2010, and involved teachers in the Memphis City Schools and Shelby
County Schools, as well as teachers and prospective teachers in Arkansas and Mississippi.”

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