More Indictments in Teacher Testing Scam

Ten new names were added Wednesday to the growing list of people indicted in a long-running scheme in which authorities say Mid-South teachers hired others to take their certification tests, reports The Commercial Appeal.
The indictments bring to 14 the number of teachers or test-takers accused of participating in a scam dating to 1995 in which former Memphis City Schools employee Clarence Mumford charged teachers and aspiring teachers thousands of dollars to hire stand-ins to take their required tests.
Federal authorities say the scam, which was uncovered in 2010, involved more than 50 teachers and test-takers from Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools and other school systems in West Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Those indicted Wednesday on fraud by mail, wire or identification documents include three people from Memphis – Jacklyn McKinnie, 44; Jeryl Shaw, 39; and Steve Holmes, whose age was not available.
The hired test-takers typically showed proctors falsified drivers’ licenses with their photos, but with the name and other identifying information of the teacher on the license.

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