On May 4 Amy Schmalbach received a visitor. The census taker identified himself as “Jamie Shepard” but the New Jersey mother felt she had seen him before.
Schmalbach said she spoke with the man on her porch and remembered seeing a similar looking man on the state’s website of registered sex offenders. The face stood out because the man had 16 aliases, including “Phantom Flam” and “Toot Flynn,” she said.
She called the police and the man was arrested the next day. Federal prosecutors charged him with using a fake Social Security number in the application he filled out. “If I had not recognized who this person was, none of my neighbors would have, and I believe he would have continued to go door to door,” Schmalbach said.
Census officials told the newspaper that he was fired in early May because he failed a fingerprint check that is given to all new Census takers.