New Players Indicted In Teacher Certification Cheating Scam
Memphis, TN – Clarence Mumford, Jr., 28, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Dante Dowers,
40, of Belle Glade, Florida, have been charged in a superseding indictment, which follows last
month's 45-count indictment of Clarence Mumford, Sr., 58, of Memphis, Tennessee, for
conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and Social Security fraud; aggravated identity theft;
and fraud in connection with identification documents, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United
States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
The previous 45-count indictment charged a scheme in which Mumford, Sr. was 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.
The superseding indictment names Clarence Mumford, Jr. as the individual previously
identified only as “CM,” who had a PRAXIS examination taken by someone else on his behalf 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.
The superseding indictment also charges that Dante Dowers acted as a middleman for
Mumford, Sr., obtaining one prospective teacher’s driver’s license, Social Security number and
$3,580 payment for a PRAXIS examination taken in July 2010.
“The superseding indictment shows that the investigation of this crime does not stop with
the ringleader, Clarence Mumford, Sr.,” said Edward L. Stanton, III. “This office will continue to
pursue all members and beneficiaries of this ring to bring their identities to light and ensure that
teachers involved in the ring are held accountable. Their accountability will strengthen the good
names of the overwhelming majority of teachers who earned their positions legitimately and who
dedicate their lives to the education of our children.”
This investigation is being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the
United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Fabian and Special Assistant U.S.
Attorney Kirby May, represent the government.