Actor Kevin Hart’s personal shopper is accused of spending more than $1 million of the actor’s money on himself.
Dylan Jason Syer, who began working for the Jumanji actor in 2015, is accused of making unauthorised purchases using Hart’s credit cards.
If convicted, Mr Syer, from Long Island City in New York, faces up to 25 years in prison. He is due to return to court on 17 February.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said the defendant legitimately gained access to the actor’s credit cards, but then allegedly continued to use them to spend “astronomical sums of money”.
“No one is immune to being targeted by fraudsters,” Katz said in the news release. “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.”
According to the news release, Syer was charged on a 10-count indictment 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.
Prosecutors say it was through that connection that Syer legitimately obtained Hart’s credit card numbers, which Syer then used to purchase $240,000 worth of jewelry, including the purchase of five Patek Phillipe watches cost more than $400,000.
All in all, Syer allegedly charged approximately $923,000 without Hart’s authorization, according to the press release.
Syer is due back in court on Feb. 17.
If convicted, Syer faces up to 25 years in prison.