This isn’t good.
Kevin Hart’s former personal shopper is being accused of stealing over $1.2 million from the comedian. According to reports, Dylan Syer, is accused of defrauding Hart of $1.2 million between October 2017 and February 2019. According to New York prosecutors, Syer began working for Hart in 2015. After a few years, Syer allegedly began using Hart’s credit card to pour money into his own account.
Queens County D.A. Melinda Katz says the personal shopper used the stolen funds to buy luxury items including a Sam Friedman painting, multiple Louis Vuitton bags, 16 Bearbrick collectible pieces and five Patek Philippe watches valued at more than $400,000. The DA is now looking to seize Syer’s assets up to the amount he allegedly stole.
“No one is immune to being targeted by fraudsters …” Katz said in a press release. “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. 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 since 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 faces up 25 years in prison if convicted. Syer is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 17.
Kevin Hart has yet to respond to these claims.