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Tindler swindler: Leviev family sues ‘Simon Leviev’ for impersonation

The infamous “Tinder swindler”, Simon Leviev, has found himself in real trouble this time as the actual Israeli diamond magnate family, Leviev, has filed a suit in a Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court.

Simon, (real name: Shimon Hayut) has been taken to court for “making false representations as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving numerous benefits (including material ones), cunningly and using false words, claiming to be a member of the Leviev Family, and that his family (Leviev) will pay and bear the costs of his benefits.”

It should be recalled that a few weeks ago, he indicated an interest in launching a career in Hollywood off his new fame. He had even gone on to have an agent and proposed a dating show.

Guy Ophir, the Leviev family’s attorney, said that this move is “only the beginning of a number of lawsuits.

“In the next phase we will file a monetary suit against Simon and any other affiliate that will work with him, including some websites that have Joint ventures with Simon and/or have offered to buy cameos from him,” the attorney said in a statement. “Anyone that will try to capitalize from this scheme will be sued.”

Meanwhile, Lev Leviev’s daughter, Chagit, told the NBC that this was the “first step” to ensure that Hayut “face[s] justice and get[s] the sentence he deserves,” a wish, victims of Hayut, hoped for.

“Shimon 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. 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,” Chagit added.

Editing by Tina Oyinsan