According to TMZ, the family filed a criminal complaint against Leviev in Israel on Monday, accusing him of taking advantage of the family.
The complaint of Malice Defamation is reportedly one of the few criminal charges which can be pressed privately in the country.
As noted in the hit Netflix documentary, Leviev changed his name from Shimon Yehuda Hayut to Simon Leviev in order to trick his victims into believing he was a part of the incredibly wealthy Israeli family and their diamond business.
The family’s lawyer, Guy Ophir, states that the family has instructed him to go to “all-out legal war” with Leviev and his associates. “The Leviev family intends to donate the money they will receive to all the victims of his crimes,” he adds.
Now, a representative for the so-called Swindler accuses the Leviev family of wanting to take advantage of his recent celebrity caused by the new Netflix documentary. “Simon also legally changed his name in 2015 and looks forward to this getting thrown out in court.”
Chagit Leviev, the heiress to the Leviev fortune, also commented on the legal action in a statement to E! News: “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.”