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Shoot me in the head before they take me. You gotta destroy the brain, or they'll bring it back to life in a jar.
— Avi Schwartzman to the GTA Online Protagonist in Pacific Standard - Signal.

Avi Schwartzman is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Events of Grand Theft Auto Online


Avi is a Jewish hacker that used to work with Lester Crest. He is described by Lester as a very paranoid person. During the Pacific Standard - Signal mission, Lester tasks the players into finding Avi and giving him the transponder recovered in the Pacific Standard - Vans mission, so he can tune the crew into the Pacific Standard Bank frequency. However, Avi is found by government agents and the crew needs to rescue him.

He is located on a small island off the west coast, surrounded by government agents in a small shack in the center of the island. The players are required to ride Seasharks to the island and take out the government agents. The players then need to escort Avi to a drop off after losing the cops where Paige takes in Avi. After this, the mission will end.

The Diamond Casino Heist

He's certainly a skill fit. Whether he understands the culture we're trying to create down here's another thing.
Lester Crest to the GTA Online Protagonist about Avi in the hacker role selection in The Diamond Casino Heist.

In 2019, the government put out Signal Jammers that bother Avi as they interfere with his radio broadcast. Once the first Signal Jammer is destroyed, Lester messages the player, informing them that Avi is grateful for their efforts and promises to provide his hacking skills should they destroy all of the Signal Jammers for him. The player can then unlock him as a hacker for The Diamond Casino Heist after destroying all 50 Signal Jammers.

According to Moodymann in The Data Contract, 'he worked for whoever hit the casino', confirming that Avi's return as a hacker is canonical.

He takes 10% from the final take in the Diamond Casino Heist and is the most expensive hacker available.

Avi provides 3 minutes and 30 seconds in the vault upon entering undetected. This is reduced to 2m 26s if the team is detected.

Los Santos Tuners

Main article: The Data Contract
Okay, Avi. Just concentrate. You didn't die on that godforsaken little island, and you're not gonna die here. You're gonna be on your boat, deep sea fishing again, in no time. One last job.
— Avi Schwartzman uploading Don Percival's secret files.

In 2021, after hearing about KDJ and Sessanta making moves in Los Santos, Avi reaches out to them with a contract that he doesn't trust his associates with, to rob Don Percival, the CEO of Merryweather Security. The player is tasked with breaking into Percival's secret bunker, stealing four hard drives that contain sensitive information and delivering them to Avi at Elysian Island. Once there, Merryweather attacks the site and the player must protect Avi while he uploads the data, using equipment stolen from Merryweather during their planning work. The contract ends once all data is uploaded, and Avi hands the player their payment before walking off.

Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto Online


The Diamond Casino Heist

Los Santos Tuners



  • Avi appears to have taken some leave of his senses during his time on the island, as he rants about talking to animals, among other things, during Pacific Standard - Signal.
  • According to Avi, he knows where Lester "hid the bodies", suggesting Lester was part of a murder.
  • During The Data Contract finale, KDJ mentions that Avi's paying for the job with the fund he's secured during The Standard Pacific Job or from "whoever's paying him during The Diamond Casino Heist". This means Avi's canonically hired by the player at least once during the Diamond Casino Heist.


  1. PacificStandardSignal-JobImage-GTAO.jpg
    Avi is seen fishing on a Suntrap in the Pacific Standard - Signal job image. Later referenced during The Data Contract finale quote:
    You didn't die on that godforsaken little island, and you're not gonna die here. You're gonna be on your boat, deep sea fishing again, in no time.
    — Avi Schwartzman