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Convicted sex offender gets Census job in N.J.

Friday, May 21, 2010

When a U.S. Census taker came to Amy Schmalbach's Pennsauken home earlier this month, she answered his questions without thinking twice. He was a government worker with the right ID. But by the end of that visit Amy had some questions of her own after realizing the Census taker's true identity.

Amy Schmalbach told Action News, "I looked closely at his face and I realized I recognized this man from the NJ State Police sex offender registry."

Amy was right. Forty-seven-year-old Frank Kuni is a registered sex offender who's served time for a number of crimes including inappropriate contact with children.

"He has a laundry list of things he's done," Schmalbach said, "and he could have very well hurt me or, even worse God forbid, my son."

Kuni used one of his 16 aliases to get a job with the U.S. Census, which fired him after he failed the fingerprint and background check. But he'd already started making house visits before being let go.

Fernando Armstrong, the U.S. Census Regional Director, told Action News, "This is an isolated incident, that fortunately we were able to identify and pull the ID and terminate his appointment."

Since becoming a mother Amy Schmalbach faithfully checks the sex offender registries every couple months, and it paid off. She alerted her neighbors and police about the convicted predator knocking on doors and collecting personal information.

Kuni has been charged with false representation and impersonating a public official. He's now being held in the Camden County Jail.

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