Dylan Syer, 29, was arrested in February for allegedly using actor Kevin Hart’s credit cards to fund his own lavish lifestyle
Kevin Hart’s former personal shopper appeared in court virtually on Thursday, as he faces grand larceny charges for allegedly using the actor’s credit cards to fund his own lavish lifestyle.
The actor/comedian hired Dylan Syer, 29, in 2015 to buy personal items for him, but over time, Syer started using Hart’s credit cards to funnel cash into his personal accounts and purchase $1.2 million in luxury items he shipped his home and business, Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz said.
He was arrested in February, and was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and scheme to defraud.
On Thursday, he made a virtual court appearance with his lawyer, wearing a simple gray t-shirt.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for more information about what had transpired in court on Thursday.
Hart, 42, reportedly hired Syer as his personal shopper in 2015
Syer reportedly started working for Hart, 42, in 2015, when the actor entered into a contract with his personal shopping firm, Sire Consulting LLC.
He started out buying him the items the actor requested.
But between October 12, 2017 and February 25, 2019, the District Attorney’s Office claims, Syer started using the actor’s credit card to bolster his personal accounts and get luxury items sent to his home, which he would later show off on his Instagram page.
He would reportedly use his business credit card processing account to make charges on Hart’s credit card, and once they were processed, he would transfer the money into his own checking account.
In total, Syer is accused of purchasing nearly $1.2 million in luxury items – including five Patek Philippe watches worth over $400,000, a pair of Louis Vuitton bags, 16 collectible dolls by Bearbrick – which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per doll, a Sam Friedman painting and five KAWS collectible dolls.
In since-deleted Instagram posts, Sire reportedly showed off his designer items and flaunted his wealth with trips to Morocco, Switzerland and Monaco.
One post showed a blue Dior sweater, that sells for more than $2,000, according to the Detroit Free Press, next to some Christian Dior and Nike Air Jordan Calfskin Men’s Oblique low sneakers, which could cost as much as $10,000.
Syer, right, appeared in court on Thursday to face grand larceny and other charges as a trial into his alleged thievery continues
Following his arrest, police officers raided his home and seized approximated $250,000 worth of cash and goods, some of which could be seen here
He also reportedly bought 16 collectible dolls by Bearbrick – which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per doll
Syer also reportedly bought five Patek Philippe watches with Hart’s card, like the one pictured
The Glendale Police Department said upon his arrest that it first started its investigation in February 2019, after Hart reported that numerous unauthorized transactions were made.
Following his arrest, the DA’s office said, police officers raided his home and seized approximated $250,000 worth of cash and goods. They were working to repossess all of the goods illegally purchased in an effort to recoup Hart’s losses.
The actor is worth approximately $200 million.
‘The defendant thought he was beyond reach and was living out his uber-rich lifestyle fantasies,’ Katz said in a statement following his arrest.
‘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.’
‘Regardless of whether you are a celebrity or not, anyone can fall victim to this kind of fraud,’ she added. ‘It is paramount to keep track of your expenses, check your credit card reports and diligently keep your financial information to yourself.’
If convicted, Syer could face up to 25 years in prison.