Cedrick Wilson Indicted On Four Counts In Teacher Testing Scandal
Memphis, TN – Cedrick Wilson, 33, of Memphis, Tennessee has been indicted in a four count indictment charging a conspiracy to violate the laws of the United States, wire fraud and social security fraud, announced United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Edward L. Stanton III.
The indictment is related to the teacher certification fraud scheme masterminded by Clarence Mumford, Sr., 58, of Memphis. According to earlier indictments, Mumford, Sr. was the ringleader of a group of individuals whom Mumford, Sr. paid to take teacher certification examinations on behalf of teachers and hopeful teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. The examinations were PRAXIS examinations written and administered under the auspices of Educational Testing Services ("ETS"). Teachers and hopeful teachers were required to pass these examinations by the state departments of education to obtain licenses or to obtain endorsements to their existing teacher's licenses.
According to the indictment announced today, Wilson conspired with Mumford to have two PRAXIS Physical Education examinations taken by one of Mumford's test-takers on April 25, 2009. The test-taker used Wilson's social security number while posing as Wilson to take the examinations. Wilson then submitted an application to the Memphis City Schools in January 2010, citing those examinations in an attempt to obtain employment with the Memphis City Schools.
Wilson is the 14th person to be indicted as part of this conspiracy since July of this year. In addition to the 14 indictments, four others have pleaded guilty to crimes associated with the scandal. He previously played wide receiver at the University of Tennessee from 1997-2000, and also played football for seven years professionally with the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“While Mr. Wilson’s status as a former professional athlete afforded him a unique opportunity to be a mentor to students, his actions, as described in today’s indictment, should serve as a stark reminder that no one is above the law,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “Such conduct undermines the great work that dedicated teachers perform each day, and does a disservice to our schools and our schoolchildren.”
This investigation is being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Fabian represents the government.
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The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.