A St. Louis-area man was arrested and charged March 21 for alleged forging a drug test in St. Charles County. Sydney Levin, 34, supposedly used a prosthetic penis to fake a drug test as part of his probation from past crimes. Instead, police caught him in the act and arrested him. CBS News reports the convict used a device that has fake "medical grade urine" that can be warmed. The company that makes the prosthetic organ claims it is "discreet." Levin might want to ask for his money back.
* The drug test happened March 20, according to KMOV. A day later, the suspect was arrested and charged with possessing a forging instrument. The charge is a class C felony in Missouri.
* Levin took the test as part of his mandatory probation at the St. Charles Probation and Parole office west of St. Louis. He was released March 22 after posting $25,000 bail.
* The device used in the alleged forgery is called a Whizzinator. Levin made international headlines when Britain's Daily Mail wrote an article on how the suspect may have perpetrated the crime. The prosthetic can be filled with someone else's urine or a synthetic substitute. The liquid can then be warmed using heating pads. Photos of the device are also on the British newspaper's website.
* A search of Missouri Case Net records reveals Levin had a court date March 25 in which he pleaded not guilty. His next court appearance for using the false genitals is May 6.
* Levin has a dozens of court records for traffic tickets, but more serious offenses happened around 2008 to the present. The suspect's first major run-in with the law happened from a felony marijuana possession charge from October 2008. He was given five years' probation for the guilty plea in February 2009. Levin's probation was revoked in May 2011.
* The suspect also pleaded guilty to stealing in February 2009 and is serving a concurrent sentence with the marijuana possession charge. Thus far, he served seven days in jail in April 2009 for a second pot arrest.
* In May 2010, Levin was indicted for leaving the scene of an injury accident. He pleaded guilty a year later.
* The suspect faces up to seven years in jail for the current class C felony charge. Possession of a forging instrumentality, on the books since 1979, consists of someone possessing "any plate, mold, instrument or device for making or altering... anything ... ."
* The device costs around $100, according to the Daily Mail piece. Despite Levin's alleged use of the product, the company that produces the Whizzinator warns against using it to fool drug tests. The owner of the company who sold the prosthetic, Gerald Willis, spent six months in federal prison in 2010. The Whizzinator is mostly marketed as a sex toy and sold over the Internet.William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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