Kevin Hart’s former personal shopper – Dylan Jason Syer – faces up to 25 years in prison after allegedly stealing more than $1M from the actor.
Syer ran the personal shopper business Syer Consulting and was tasked with buying clothes for Hart in 2015. However, from October 2017 to February 2019, he used Hart’s credit cards to make $1.1 million in unauthorized purchases for himself.
According to the Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Syer was “living out his uber-rich lifestyle fantasies, spending astronomical sums”. She pointed to the purchase of $240,000 worth of jewelry and watches from a high-end California boutique.
Also referenced were Louis Vuitton bags, fine art, and more than 20 collectible dolls, some of which were shown off on social media.
“Regardless of whether you are a celebrity or not, anyone can fall victim to this type of fraud”, Katz said. She adds this is a “cautionary tale for everyone to check your credit reports and diligently keep your financial information to yourself”.
Hart, who earned an estimated $39 million in 2020, had a near-fatal car accident in 2019 after he was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off the road and rolled down an embankment near Calabasas, California.
He was charged in 2013 with drunk driving after his black Mercedes nearly collided with a tanker truck in Southern California. He was sentenced to three years probation after failing a field sobriety test.
Hart has said that his father’s addiction to drugs is what kept Hart away from drugs. He says his father was his example to “never go down that road”.