Census-less Crimes: Census Workers Accused of Wrongdoing

We have seen a rash of census workers accused of wrongdoing this month. In Indiana, Daniel Miller, 39, (left) is accused of raping a 21-year-old disabled woman after forcing his way into her home during a Census visit, here. In New Jersey, Frank J. Kuni was arrested after a woman recognized him as a sex offender. In St. Louis, a citizen was bitten in the stomach by a Census worker’s dog.

Amy Schmalbach appears to have an amazing memory. When a Census worker came to her door on May 4th, she recognized him from a picture that she saw on the state’s sex offender registry. The man called himself “Jamie Shepard,” an alias for Frank J. Kuni. He is being held on charges of false representation and impersonating a public official. Census officials state that someone named Jamie Shepard did pass a name check but failed a fingerprint check so he was terminated after four days of training on May 5th. That appears one day after the incident.

For the full story, click here.

In the meantime, in St. Louis, a Census worker apparently took his Rottweiler to work with him. The dog proceeded to bite Dan Vacca in the stomach. For a video and story, click here. This incident is under investigation but there are no criminal charges filed in the case. There is likely to be a tort action, I would imagine. The interesting aspect is the liability of the employer since I assume workers are not supposed to bring animals unless they are service animals for disabilities. That would allow the Census officials to claim a “frolic or detour” of an employee — a difficult defense since he was acting within the scope of his employment. However, even if successful on respondeat superior, that would not negate direct negligence in supervision or hiring claims.

3 thoughts on “Census-less Crimes: Census Workers Accused of Wrongdoing”

  1. There are about 600,000 people working for the US Census
    this year. To a lesser degree these complaints and allegations
    remind me of people saying they don’t read the newspaper because
    the news is bad all the time. The answer is that with so many people involved, someone is messing up all the time, somewhere.
    In the case of the Census, I am pleased that the actual mistakes
    are so few, considering hundreds of thousands or millions of
    interactions per day.

  2. JT,

    I think a more accurate way to start the article would have been “We have seen a rash of census workers, some of who have been accused of crimes, this month.”

  3. And these people are important to US because of what? Oh yeah money and REAPPORTIONMENT of the various states and the House of Representatives. Makes sense to me.

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