Accused test-taking schemer released from federal custody

Teacher Certification Scheme

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Clarence Mumford had no comment Tuesday as he was released from federal custody on his own recognizance. The 48-year-old guidance counselor is accused of running a test-taking scheme for teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi dating back to 1995.

"We have identified over 50 teachers, aspiring teachers, or test-takers that were a part of this scheme," said U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton, III during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

Mumford was indicted on 45 counts.

"It strains the fabric of the institution of our educational system," said Stanton.

According to the nearly 30 page indictment, Mumford charged teachers or aspiring teachers $1500 to $3000 per certification exam which were actually taken by other teachers or non-teachers using falsified ID's.

"We anticipate additional arrests and prosecutions as it relates to this particular ring," said Stanton.

Investigators say Mumford worked for Memphis City Schools for much of the time he was running the scheme.  He told a judge during an initial appearance that he now works as a guidance counselor in Hughes, Arkansas.

Mumford refused to answer Jason's questions as he was released on his own recognizance.

The feds say school children may have been the biggest victims of the scheme because they were possibly taught by teachers who never truly passed the test.

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