Riverside County, Ca., authorities wrongly branded a South Carolina woman as a prostitute by mistaking her for a woman of the same name, reports the Desert Sun newspaper. Kendra Dawn Speed, 37, a registered nurse, was fired from a new job after a background check showed her as a fugitive from California who had been arrested for prostitution in 2012 and failed to show up in court. Speed was forced to travel to California to convince a judge that she was mistaken for a woman named Kendra Michelle Speed. Riverside County Superior Court refused to correct the mistake by phone.
When she went to court on Oct. 28, a prosecutor apologized to Speed and told her the debacle had all been a simple mistake. Years ago, someone had mixed up the two similar names, leading to the error on the warrant. Riverside Police Capt. Mike Cook said police erroneously submitted Speed's old California driver's license to the DA's office as part of a 2012 arrest report for Kendra Michelle Speed, who had actually been arrested for prostitution. “We absolutely regret the mistake that we made,” Cook said. “Our office files more than 60,000 cases involving adult defendants each year and, unfortunately, clerical errors like this can happen,” said District Attorney spokesman John Hall. “When we become aware of errors in cases such as the one involving Kendra Dawn Speed, we work as quickly as we can to correct it, as we did here.”