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      Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

      By ADRIAN SAINZ
      Associated Press

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a Tennessee man made a business of helping current and aspiring teachers cheat on certification tests.

      Clarence Mumford Sr. is charged by the federal government with being the ringleader of a 15-year test-taking scam. Authorities say the scam involved aspiring teachers and Mumford's stable of hired test-takers in three Southern states.

      The U.S. Attorney's office in Memphis says Mumford paid people to take Praxis teacher certification examinations on behalf of teachers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

      Mumford faces more than 60 fraud and conspiracy charges that claim he created fake driver's licenses with the information of a teacher or an aspiring teacher and attached the photograph of a test-taker. Prospective teachers are accused of paying Mumford between $1,500 to about $3,000 per test.

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