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Ex-NFL player Cedrick Wilson indicted for test-taking fraud

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Former 49ers and Steelers receiver Cedrick Wilson has been indicted on fraud charges for paying someone to take a teacher-certification test for him.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Wilson wanted to become a high school teacher and coach in Memphis, but according to prosecutors, Wilson didn’t take the standardized test that teachers are required to take in Tennessee. Instead, Wilson hired someone to take the test for him.

Wilson has been charged with wire fraud and Social Security fraud. Prosecutors say Wilson gave the test-taker his Social Security number as part of the plan for the test-taker to pose as Wilson.

The person hired by Wilson to take the test was part of a large standardized test cheating ring. Four people have already pleaded guilty to involvement in the cheating ring, and Wilson is one of 14 others who have been indicted.

A sixth-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2001, Wilson played for the 49ers for four years and then signed with the Steelers in 2005 and played three years in Pittsburgh. In his best season, 2004, Wilson had 47 catches for 641 yards and three touchdowns.

The Steelers cut Wilson in March of 2008, just hours after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in a Pittsburgh restaurant.

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18 Responses to “Ex-NFL player Cedrick Wilson indicted for test-taking fraud”
  1. gojags says: Oct 30, 2012 5:30 PM

    What a dumb move? You are a vested veteran and have enough money and you want a low paying job by cheating.

    Come on Man!!!!

  2. stevelikesthesteelers says: Oct 30, 2012 5:36 PM

    I’m guessing the test taker didn’t drop the pencil, and that was what caused them to start an investigation.

  3. raymondtx says: Oct 30, 2012 5:40 PM

    So a Tennessee graduate couldnt pass a teacher certification test?

  4. csilojohnson says: Oct 30, 2012 5:43 PM

    Thought I’d heard it all.

  5. steviemo says: Oct 30, 2012 5:51 PM


  6. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 30, 2012 5:52 PM

    Cedrick The Impersonator.

  7. explosionsauce says: Oct 30, 2012 5:58 PM

    He’s like Kenny Powers except Kenny passed his own test, Kenny was once a superstar, and Kenny Powers was a fictional failure.

  8. rajbais says: Oct 30, 2012 6:04 PM

    It’s that hard to become a teacher in this country to the point where you need someone else to take a test for you???

    Cedric Wilson is an example for why academic scholarships should not be given as the only form of compensation for college athletes.

  9. phuriousjorge says: Oct 30, 2012 6:30 PM

    How was he going to teach if the students are smarter than him?

  10. manasewitsch says: Oct 30, 2012 6:59 PM

    @gym teacher I bet. High school football coaches general teach at the school.

  11. rondo1260 says: Oct 30, 2012 7:07 PM

    This is going to be the dumbest ever response to “Hey, man what are you in for?”.

  12. lennydpocketqb says: Oct 30, 2012 7:27 PM

    How can we punish the Steelers for this?

  13. handsofsweed says: Oct 30, 2012 8:57 PM

    I’m thinking the assault charge should have probably precluded him from getting a teaching license to begin with.

    Guess not.

    (Awesomely funny comment, gabbert.)

  14. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 30, 2012 8:59 PM

    gojags says: Oct 30, 2012 5:30 PM

    What a dumb move? You are a vested veteran and have enough money and you want a low paying job by cheating.

    Come on Man!!!!

    You really think this guy has a dime left of anything he made in the NFL!

    Come on Man!!!!

  15. jerrysshadescleaner says: Oct 30, 2012 9:00 PM

    Yea what a nice guy, ill cheat to get a job to teach kids that i have no skills or qualifications for , just plain selfish!!

  16. fdugrad says: Oct 30, 2012 10:09 PM

    Yet another proud SEC student-athlete.

  17. truwarier90 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:29 AM

    Well at least he’s qualified to become as assistant football coach in the sec.

  18. scallops says: Oct 31, 2012 7:03 AM

    Is this really what we need to spent our taxpayer money on prosecuting when we’d have to sell Tennessee to China just to pay off interest?

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