Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of home
DES MOINES (AP) — The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search.
The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost.
The Associated Press has reported that parole officer Kari White was fired over the April 2018 search.
An investigation by the Department of Correctional Services found that White conspired with a Boone detective to search Vinnece’s home without a warrant, days before he was to be released from parole.
Unlike police, parole officers can conduct home visits to check on parolees without a warrant. White, however, was not Vinnece’s parole officer and there was no need for such a check.
The search led to the discovery of drugs and Vinnece’s arrest. But the charges were dropped after a judge ruled the search was illegal.