Kevin Hart hit by $1.2m scam
Kevin Hart's former personal shopper has been charged with defrauding the comedian out of more than $A1.2 million.
Dylan Jason Syer, 29, of Long Island City, was indicted and arraigned in New York on Wednesday for multiple charges including grand larceny for allegedly making over a million dollars in "unauthorised charges and purchases on the comedian's credit cards" between October 12, 2017, through February 25, 2019, a press release from Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz states.
"This defendant, who owned a personal shopper business, used legitimate purchases to gain access and then allegedly continued to charge the actor's credit cards for astronomical sums of money," Katz said.
According to the press release, Syer allegedly charged approximately $US923,000 ($A1.19 million) on Hart's card without authorisation in addition to $US240,000 ($A309,000) worth of jewellery and watches.
With the stolen money, Syer acquired a number of expensive items including five Patek Philippe watches valued at more than $US400,000 ($A515,000), a Sam Friedman painting, over 20 collectable dolls, and two Louis Vuitton bags.
"The defendant thought he was beyond reach and was living out his uber-rich lifestyle fantasies. 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," Katz described.
Syer is facing a 10-count indictment "charging him 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".
A hearing is set for February 17. If convicted, Syer faces up to 25 years in prison.
Katz also thanked Hart for his co-operation during the investigation.
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