Kevin Hart's personal shopper has been accused of defrauding the comedian out of more than $1 million. Dylan Jason Syer was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday on grand larceny and several other charges after he allegedly used Hart's credit cards to make luxury purchases for himself, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced.
Syer began to work for Hart in 2015, according to People. He was hired to purchase several items for the star but began to use his credit cards to pour money into his own account. He spent $1.2 million between October 2017 and February 2019, buying everything from collectible dolls to Louis Vuitton bags, Sam Friedman paintings, and Patek Philippe watches valued at more than $400,000. Many of these items featured on his Instagram page.
"The defendant thought he was beyond reach and was living out his uber-rich lifestyle fantasies," Katz said. "But my team uncovered the bogus purchases – from the credit card charges being processed by the bank, down to tracking FedEx packages delivered to Syer’s home and business. This should serve as a cautionary tale for everyone. Regardless of whether you are a celebrity or not, anyone can fall victim to this kind of fraud. It is paramount to keep track of your expenses, check your credit reports, and diligently keep your financial information to yourself."
Syer has been charged with grand larceny in the first and second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the first and second degree, identity theft in the first degree, and scheme to defraud in the first degree. He is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The DA is seeking to seize Syer’s assets up to the amount he allegedly stole.
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