12:39 p.m. — A rep for Simon told TMZ, “Simon thinks the family is just trying to insert themselves into the narrative to gain publicity after the success of the show. Simon also legally changed his name in 2015 and is waiting looking forward to this being sent back to court.”
Simon Leviev – AKA the “Tinder Swindler” – is now in the crosshairs of the extremely wealthy diamond-titan family he claimed to be a part of…they just filed a criminal court complaint against him.
Guy Ophir — the lawyer for the real Leviev family — says charges were filed Monday morning in Israel against Simon, telling us that justice must be served for the malice brought against the Leviev name.
The legal documents – obtained by TMZ – describe ways Simon allegedly took advantage of the family, including changing his name from Shimon Yehuda Hayut to Simon Leviev to give the appearance of wealth… Simon claimed to be a member of a family wealthy, with ties to the diamond industry.
Ophir tells TMZ … under Israeli law, only the state can file criminal charges … but there is an exception to the rule – in cases of “malicious defamation” like this.
In these cases, the person who was injured can file a private criminal charge and seek criminal sanction. By using the surname Leviev, Ophir claims that Simon committed malicious defamation and malicious invasion of privacy.
He says this is the first step in an “all-out legal war” the family have asked him to unleash against Simon and anyone who joins him – past, present and future.
Ophir mentions, “The Leviev family intends[s] to give the money they will receive to all the victims of his crimes.”