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Clarence Mumford, who admitted to being the ringleader of a huge teacher certification scheme, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Clarence Mumford, who admitted to being the ringleader of a huge teacher certification scheme, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.
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(WMC-TV) - Dozens were indicted and some are still awaiting their fates. But Monday, the man in charge of it all was sentenced to seven years in prison.

At the federal building in an 8th floor conference room, United States Attorney Ed Stanton was pleased with the sentence handed down to Clarence Mumford.

Mumford devised, organized, and executed a scheme in which teachers paid him to have other people take their certification tests. The scheme spanned over the course of 15 years.

"There was no denying as to what his involvement was. He was the leader of the whole pack. He masterminded the whole thing," said Defense Attorney Coleman Garrett.

Defense attorney Coleman Garrett says Mumford initially just wanted to help people, but when he started making money, it became a business that took on a life of its own.

He requested leniency, arguing that Mumford cares for his ailing wife and daughter.

"The 84 months he's going to have to do in this case is going to be real devastating on his family," said Garrett.

Eighty-four months is the maximum possible sentence under Mumford's plea deal.

"One of the first lessons you learn on day one of school is do the right thing. Play by the rules. Cheaters never win," said Stanton.

Mumford was ordered to pay restitution. It came to more than $167,000 to three school districts in Mississippi that submitted victim impact statements (VIS).

Although several MCS teachers were involved, the district did not submit a VIS and will not get restitution.

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