A personal shopper hired by comedian Kevin Hart was indicted in New York, accused of using the celebrity’s credit cards to make unauthorized purchases and charges that totaled more than $1 million, police said Thursday.
Dylan Syer, 29, is facing charges including grand larceny and possession of stolen property for allegedly defrauding Hart during a 19-month period, in which he made high-end purchases and transactions without approval, according to Glendale police and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in New York.
Syer, of Long Island City, then shipped items to multiple New York addresses, including his residence, according to police.
Investigators with Glendale Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit started looking into unauthorized transactions on Hart’s credit cards in February 2019, and “were able to determine that over $1 million of unauthorized transactions were made to Mr. Hart’s credit card by Dylan Syer,” the department said.
Syer, who first met the 41-year-old actor in 2015 through his personal shopping business, Sire Consulting, LCC, had been contracted by Hart to make several purchases, the District Attorney’s Office said.
“Through that connection, the defendant acquired Mr. Hart’s various credit card numbers with the understanding that he would only make authorized purchases,” the office said.
“Instead, he allegedly made over one million dollars’ worth of unauthorized charges on those credit cards over the course of 19 months.”
Purchases allegedly made by Syer included high-end jewelry from a Glendale store, fine art and Louis Vuitton bags, according to the District Attorney’s Office, which claim Syer’s crimes occurred between Oct. 2017 and Feb. 2019.
“Photographs of these items featured prominently on the defendant’s public Instagram page,” the office said in a statement.
At the time of his arrest Wednesday, authorities serving a search warrant on Syer’s home seized $250,000 in cash and other items.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said the alleged fraud “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,” Katz said. “It is paramount to keep track of your expenses, check your credit reports and diligently keep your financial information to yourself.”
The 10-count indictment Syer faces includes charges of first- and second-degree grand larceny, first and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and scheme to defraud, the District Attorney’s Office said.