Kevin Hart’s former employee was indicted on Wednesday for defrauding the comedian out of more than a million dollars in bogus credit card charges.
Dylan Jason Syer, 29, was arraigned in New York on Wednesday for grand larceny, identity theft, and a host of other charges for racking up “unauthorized charges and purchases on the comedian’s credit cards” between 2017 to 2019.
“No one is immune to being targeted by fraudsters. 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,” said Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz.
Syer, who owns a personal shopping business, was contracted to buy numerous items for the Jumanji star, and was given access to various credit card numbers to make the purchases. Over a course of 19 months, he used the cards to purchase himself over a million dollar’s worth of swag.
Syer charged the comedian’s credit card to pour nearly $923,000 directly into his business account and purchased $240,000 in watches and jewelry. With Hart’s stolen cash, Syer bought himself fine art, collectibles, and luxury items including $400,000 in Patek Phillipe watches, a Sam Freidman painting, Louis Vuitton bags, and Bearbrick collectible dolls.
“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 commented.
Authorities seized more than $250,000 worth of cash and goods from Syer’s home on Wednesday, and the DA is filing asset forfeiture action to recover Hart’s stolen funds.
“I want to send a strong message to the defendant and others who seek financial gain through the victimization of others, that my team and I are committed to aggressively pursuing these actions and separating those who commit crimes from their ill-gotten gains, and returning those funds, where practical, to support the victims,” Katz cautioned.
Syer was indicted on 10-counts including grand larceny in the first and second degree, criminal possession of stolen property, scheme to defraud, and identity theft. If convicted of the crimes he faces up to 25 years in prison.