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Secret Service Aids in Playboy's Arrest

Agency helped crack LeVin hit-and-run case



    Secret Service Aids in Playboy's Arrest
    Ryan LeVin appears befoer a Broward County, Fla., judge on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

    Credit the agency put in place to protect the president and battle counterfieters with connecting a Hoffman Estates man to a hit-and-run case in Florida.

    Authorities say Ryan LeVin, 35, owns the Porsche involved in the February 2009 crash that killed two men.

    LeVin was arrested last week on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving vehicular homicide and the Chicago Tribune reports the local cops had some big time help.

    Police arrested him following a Secret Service investigation that analyzed LeVin’s cell phone records and those of his friend’s, Derek Cook. The agency obtained a court order and used the cell phone records to create a timeline both before and after the fatal crash, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    “The Secret Service tries to cooperate and assist all law enforcement agencies when that request is made of us that’s for a variety of different investigative abilities,” said Michael Fithen, special agent in charge of Miami office, to the Los Angeles Times.

    Levin remains in the Broward County Jail. In addition to the charges stemming from the crash, he also faces an out-of-state parole violation relating to a high-speech chase in Illinois.

    Derek Cook faces felony charges of accessory after the fact and aggravated fleeing and eluding.