A registered sex offender from Pennsauken who lied to get a job with the Census bureau was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.
In November, Frank Kuni, 49, pleaded guilty to making false statements, concealing material facts from the federal government and to the fraudulent use of an identification document.
On Friday he appeared before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden for sentencing.
Authorities said that in March 2009 Kuni used the alias "Jamie R. Shepard" and a false birth date on a job application. He also submitted the false information to Homeland Security that verifies an applicant's eligibility.
Kuni used a Burlington County College identification with his photo and alias, authorities said.
After securing the job, Kuni reported for training in the spring, continuing to use his alias. He also asserted that he had never been convicted of a crime, or was in prison, on probation, or on parole in the previous 10 years, authorities said.
At the time of his plea, Kuni admitted he created the alias to avoid reporting his convictions, which include burglary.
According to New Jersey's registry of sexual offenders, Kuni was found guilty in 1996 of endangering the welfare of a child.
It reports that he assaulted one victim and had inappropriate contact with at least two others. The registry also shows that Kuni has used a long list of aliases and at least three different birth dates. Some of the bogus names, including Phanton Flam and Toot Flynn, were spelled in different ways.
Kuni completed a four-day training program. Then before authorities detected he was using an alias through a fingerprint screen, Kuni visited several Pennsauken homes in early May as a Census worker. A woman recognized him from the state's sex offender Internet registry and called police.
Pennsauken authorities arrested Kuni on May 5, the same day the Census Bureau fired him.
On Friday, in addition to three years in prison, the judge ordered three years of supervised release and $875 in restitution.
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