INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis man who was suspended from his job as a school caregiver after being mistakenly identified as a criminal says it took him a week to convince state officials that's not the case.
After Indiana Department of Child Services records showed three Richard Browns with criminal records, the state agency alerted Lawrence Township school officials. That prompted the district to suspend part-time school caregiver Richard Anthony Brown last week.
The 62-year-old Brown returned to work Wednesday after missing four days and struggling for a week to convince state officials he doesn't have any criminal record, just a common last name.
Brown tells The Indianapolis Star he knows "there are a lot of Richard Browns out there, but that's why we have birth dates and Social Security numbers."