Florida Man Hires Hitman to Kill Witnesses in Fraud Case
Florida man Alexander Dean Leszczynski, 24, of North Redington Beach, was federally indicted in the Middle District of Florida, charged with one count of murder-for-hire and one count of obstruction of justice. He’s accused of hiring a hitman to kill two government witnesses who were preparing to testify against him.
According to the indictment, Leszczynski, allegedly promised to pay a person to kill the two witnesses during late August and early September.
Leszczynski had been originally indicted in May in multiple fraud schemes including wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. He is facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison if he is convicted of those charges.
The indictment states that Leszczynski “corruptly endeavored to influence, obstruct, and impede the due administration of justice in a judicial proceeding pending” before U.S. District Court.
Pinellas County Man Indicted for Hiring a Hitman to Kill Witnesses: Alexander Leszczynski of North Redington Beach has been charged with one count of murder-for-hire and one count of obstruction of justice. https://t.co/h3CRbqGLiF
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Pinellas man hired ‘hitman’ to kill witnesses in fraud case, feds say https://t.co/LnWCxQZEY5
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Leszczynski was originally accused of using fictitious charitable entities to “engage in numerous frauds.”
One fraud allegation included applying for and receiving two Payroll Protection Plan loans totaling approximately $195,910. Prosecutors also said that Leszczynski was involved in a check-kiting scheme and tried to deposit $2.7 million in worthless checks into one of his business accounts.
The government ultimately seized $337,000 from an account Leszczynski controlled, prosecutors said. When he discovered that the money had been frozen, Leszczynski attempted to have it released by “producing a fabricated pardon purportedly signed by former President Donald Trump.”
In a separate fraud scheme, Leszczynski filed fraudulent warranty deeds purporting to deed to himself and his businesses 10 properties around the United States collectively valued at more than $300 million. When property owners and attorneys attempted to correct the fraudulent deeds, Leszczynski responded by sending harassing and threatening letters, emails, and faxes.
The murder for hire case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Leszczynski will continue to be detained pending trial.
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