Saturday, May 22, 2010

Homeland Security Issues Search Warrant to Sex Offender Census Worker

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - May 21, 2010 (WPVI) -- Action News has learned the Department of Homeland Security issued a search warrant in connection with the case of a convicted sex offender who got a job as a Census worker in New Jersey.

Those warrants are for two locations in connection to Frank Kuni, who is being charged with using a fake Social Security number in the application he filled out in March to get the Census job.

Pennsauken Police and the Social Security Administration's Office of Investigations are also involved in the search warrant.

They are searching for laptop computers, false ID's or any documents that would be able to prove he used false identification. They have already confiscated numerous laptops and large sums of money.

This case came to light earlier this week, when Action News reported that Pennsauken resident Amy Schmalbach recognized Kuni from the NJ State Police sex offender registry.

He had come to her door as part of his job, and Schmalbach let him in because he had the proper credentials. Soon, however, she realized something wasn't right.

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."

Kuni is a registered sex offender who's served time for a number of crimes including inappropriate contact with children. Kuni was convicted in 1996 of sexually assaulting one girl and having inappropriate contact with another.

"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's first court appearance will be on Thursday in Camden.

Link to original article from ABC

Link to article we wrote about before this update

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