Are we surprised?
Simon Leviev, better known as the Tinder Swindler, has been sued by the real diamond family whose name he claims to be his own.
In the Netflix documentary, we saw Leviev, whose real name is said to be Shimon Hayut, was accused of conning millions from women he met on Tinder by telling them he was the son of Russian-Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev.
People Magazine has now obtained court documents that show Lev and his family have now filed a lawsuit against Simon for allegedly impersonating them and unjustly enriching himself using their last name.
The lawsuit was filed in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv and claims that “for a long time, he [Simon Leviev] has been making false representations as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving numerous benefits (including material ones).”
The family are alleging that Hayut has been “cunningly using false words, claiming to be a member of the Leviev Family and that his family will pay and bear the costs of his benefits.”
The Tinder Swindler on Netflix revealed that Simon allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme where he convinced women he met on Tinder that he was an heir to a huge fortune by giving them lavish gifts and trips which he paid for using other women’s money.
After impressing each woman, Simon would ask to borrow massive fortunes from them and for security reasons he couldn’t use his own but told them he’d pay them back, but he never did and just moved on to the next person.
The new court documents claim that he “defrauded, cheated, conned, falsified, and hurt women, men and businesses” around the world.
The lawsuit states: “The defendant used the dating application ‘Tinder’ to locate women who he then emotionally manipulated, cunningly bamboozled of funds, and eventually convinced to transfer large sums of money to him under the guise of being on the run from individuals intending on hurting him.”
Attorney Guy Ophir, who represents the Leviev family, told PEOPLE: “This legal action is only the beginning of a number of lawsuits that my firm is currently working on.
“In the next faze we will file a monetary suit against Hayut and any other affiliate that will work with him, including some websites that have Joint ventures with Hayut and/or have offered to buy cameos from him. Anyone that will try to capitalize from this scheme will be sued.”
In a statement, Chagit Leviev, the daughter of Lev Leviev and an heiress to the family’s fortune, said Hayut is a “fraud who stole our family’s identity and has tried to exploit our good name to con victims out of millions of dollars.”
She added: “He has no relation to the Leviev family and has no affiliation with our company LLD Diamonds. I am relieved that his real identity and actions have been globally exposed, and hopefully this will bring an end to his unscrupulous actions.
“The lawsuit we filed today is just the first step out of many we will be taking to have him face justice and get the sentence he deserves.”
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By Katy Brennan