‘Tinder Swindler’ Simon Leviev sued by real diamond family

Simon Leviev, aka the “Tinder Swindler,” is being sued for millions by the real diamond Leviev family he claimed to have ties to, Page Six has learned.

Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev and his family – including his daughter Chagit Leviev, CEO of Leviev Group USA – have filed a lawsuit against the notorious fraudster at the center of Netflix’s hit documentary for allegedly impersonating for them and enriching himself on their behalf.

“For a long time he [Simon] made false statements as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving many benefits (including material), shrewdly and using false words, pretending to be a member of the Leviev family, and that his family will pay and bear the costs of its benefits,” the lawsuit alleges, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.

“He even used the LLD Diamonds mark to trick his victims into believing that he was indeed part of the diamond company (that’s the CEO no less, according to his signature) and that he was a member of the Leviev family.”

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The scam artist extraordinaire pretended to live a lavish lifestyle, as seen in Netflix’s “Tinder Swindler.”
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According to court documents, the family also alleges that Simon (born: Shimon Hayut) “defrauded, deceived, defrauded, tampered with and harmed women, men and businesses” in Israel and around the world.

“The defendant used the dating app ‘Tinder’ to locate women whom he then emotionally manipulated, deceitfully defrauded, and ultimately convinced to transfer large sums of money to him under the guise of being in flight of individuals with intent to harm him,” the lawsuit states.

Simon spent two and a half years in a Finnish prison after being convicted of defrauding three women. He also served 15 months in an Israeli prison after being convicted of four fraud charges, but was released after five months.

Now free, the “Tinder Swindler” lives in an upscale apartment in Israel with a model girlfriend. He still tries to live off his notoriety by selling tasteless T-shirts with the logo “If she really loves you, she will give you a loan”.

Leviev Group USA CEO Chagit told Page Six that their family business has been in operation for 40 years, supplying unique and rare diamonds to the world’s top jewelers, as well as stars like Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron and royalty. international.

“We started hearing about Simon Leviev in 2017. There are nine siblings in my family, five brothers – and none of them are called Simon – and four daughters,” she told us. exclusively.

“Soon I heard diamond dealers saying he had written checks for $350,000 in our name, but they weren’t our checks. Then another company called us and said we owed them $600,000 for private jets. They sent me a photo of his passport; it was Shimon Hayut.

Chagit said they then went to the police in Israel, but Simon “was going through so many different countries that it was hard to follow him.”

“The biggest shock was when we saw the Netflix show and saw the extent of its damage and manipulation,” she said. “The truth is, this show is just the tip of the iceberg. For him to live this life, he must be leading an international fraud of enormous proportions. There must be so many other victims.

She added: “And we have evidence that he uses charter companies, yachts, high-end apartment rentals, it goes on and on.”

Chagit Leviev, CEO of Leviev Group USA, poses at her home in New York
Chagit Leviev, pictured here, is the CEO of Leviev Group USA.
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Chagit told us that any proceeds from the lawsuit would be donated to Simon’s victims, explaining, “We’re so sorry to them, this guy is a fake and a fraudster.”

“Even though we are a diamond company, we are also victims. We get threats because of it, endless jokes saying, ‘My enemies are coming for me,'” she alleged. “I think the show didn’t explain well enough that we have nothing to do with him.”

Adding that she was shocked to see Simon recently signed with a Hollywood agent, Chagit concluded: “At the end of the day, to see the damage he did, he did all of this on our behalf.

“And now he has an agent in Hollywood?” He doesn’t belong in Hollywood. He’s a criminal.”

A representative for Simon did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

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