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5 EPISD Administrators Arrested in Connection With Huge Cheating Scandal That Landed Former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia In Prison

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The massive cheating scandal that led to then-El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Garcia being convicted and sent to prison is back in the news.

FBI agents escorted former EPISD Associate Superintendent Damon Murphy and four others to the federal courthouse earlier today. A former EPISD adminstrator, Myrna Gamboa, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Garcia to manipulate test scores and create false demographics to get federal funding. Her plea agreement mentioned Murphy and EPISD educator, James Anderson, as alleged co-conspirators but they were not charged at the time.

In addition to Murphy, who is the superintendent in Canutillo ISD, the others who were taken to the courthouse today include former Austin High School Principal John Tanner; former Austin High assistant principals Diane Thomas and Mark Tegmeyer; and Nancy Love, assistant principal at Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School.

Murphy and Tegmeyer face charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Love is charged with conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, and Thomas is facing a witness retaliation charge. Tanner was booked on a conspiracy charge.

The fallout of the scandal saw the district’s school board taken over by the TEA for almost two years. It was handed back to a new board of trustees last year. The FBI, however, was continuing it’s investigation into the people who helped Garcia carry out his cheating plan.

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