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Continued: Lakeville private eye latest to sue over misuse of DVS records

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER and RANDY FURST , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: March 14, 2013 - 12:56 PM

Some of these searches had legitimate purposes, as DeVary acknowledges, such as when she renewed her detective license or when motor vehicle authorities checked her records when she renewed her driver’s license. Several of the lookups appeared to be from when she was stopped several times for driving infractions.

But many other searches appear to have no legitimate reason, as happened after the St. Paul Pioneer Press featured her in the story about her detective agency when her last name was Kost.

“Why, if there’s a photo [in the paper], do you want to go further and find out where I live?” she said. “And that is what is so incredibly frightening.”

Several other lookups appear to be related to television and newspaper reports in 2011 when she was mentioned in connection with a client, Steven Cross of Lakeville, who was arrested for abandoning his young son.

DeVary acknowledges that there are “many ways of finding people” and she frequently performs “locates” in the course of her work. She said the goal of the lawsuit, however, is to hold people accountable.

The Department of Public Safety conducts monthly audits of the top 50 users of the DVS database, and has recently started performing random audits as well. As part of the Rasmusson settlement, the department agreed to continue the existing audits, do new audits on top search targets and augment law enforcement training.

 

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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