Alleged extortion attempt muddies case against Monona auto repair shop owner accused of rape, kidnapping
Earlier this spring, Mathew E. Levin, 50, of Verona, owner of Integrity Auto at 935 Femrite Drive in Monona, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman, who later showed up partially clothed at a nearby gas station, according to multiple media reports at the time.
Now an apparent attempt to extort Levin to bring an end to the sexual assault case has added a new wrinkle to the sordid affair, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
According to a criminal complaint against Cory J. Ivy, 31, of Madison, Ivy sent repeated messages to Levin in May offering to “settle out of court” if Levin agreed to pay Ivy $50,000.
Upon receiving the first message from Ivy on May 11, Levin reportedly contacted his attorney and an investigator working on his behalf to inform them of the message and subsequent contacts. After repeated exchanges, the investigator met with Ivy in the parking lot of Walgreens, 108 Cottage Grove Road on May 15, at which point Ivy told the investigator that the woman is the mother of Ivy’s child and they were looking for a “relocation fee.”
According to the complaint, police were working with the investigator and took Ivy into custody following the meeting. With Ivy at the time of the meeting were the woman Levin is accused of raping and kidnapping, and two other people. The woman denied any knowledge of why the meeting was taking place.
Ivy is charged with making threats to accuse Levin of a crime with intent to extort money. He is currently free on a signature bond.
Levin, still charged with four felonies for the alleged March 19 incident, is also free on bail. He has maintained that the entire incident was “a set up,” which has severely hurt his business.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Wednesday he could not immediately say what impact the Ivy case would have on Levin’s prosecution.