At a news conference today, U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe announced the indictment of Estero, Fla. teachers Jeremy and Kathleen Jasper for an alleged teacher certification test cheating scheme. The indictment comes after a two-year investigation.
The indictment alleges that the Jaspers repeatedly took the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) and the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) to memorize exam questions and then sell them to customers of their company, NavaEd, for a profit.
“This alleged scheme represents an insult to the vast majority of Florida’s public school teachers and administrators who studied and worked hard the right way to become certified in their profession because it provided an illegal and unethical shortcut for others,” said Keefe.
According to a news release, the Jaspers are charged with racketeering conspiracy (RICO), conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 108 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets and three counts of theft of trade secrets.
The Jaspers will appear at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee this afternoon.