Kevin Hart’s personal shopper has been indicted by the Queens County Grand Jury on grand larceny, among other charges, for allegedly using the comedian’s credit card to defraud him out of more than $1 million. Dylan Jason Syer could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
“No one is immune to being targeted by fraudsters,” Queens District Melinda Attorney Katz said Wednesday. “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.”
Syer, a 29-year-old from Long Island City, N.Y., made unauthorized charges and purchases using Hart’s credit cards from Oct. 12, 2017 through Feb. 25, 2019, according to the indictment.
In total, Syer allegedly charged roughly $923,000 on Hart’s credit cards, in addition to $240,000 worth of jewelry and watches purchased from a high-end jeweler in California. Syer also purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of fine art and other collectibles, including five Patek Phillipe watches valued at more than $400,000. He also bought a Sam Friedman painting, at least 16 Bearbrick collectible dolls, 5 KAWS collectible dolls and two Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere bags, all of which he featured on his Instagram page.
Arraigned before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice John Latella on a 10-count indictment, Syer was 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.
Syer first became acquainted with the actor-comedian in 2015 through his personal shopping business, Sire Consulting, LLC, through which he was contracted to obtain several items for the actor, according to the district attorney’s office. With the partnership, Syer acquired Hart’s credit cards with the assumption that he would only make authorized purchases.
In addition to pursuing criminal charges, the district attorney will also file an asset forfeiture action against Syer in civil court. Katz said, “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.”
After Syer was arrested, investigators performed a court-authorized search warrant, where law enforcement seized approximately $250,000 worth of cash and goods.
Syer is due to return in court Feb. 17.