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Homeowners found their multimillion-dollar home had been transferred to a complete stranger – then came death threats
By Debbie White,
15 days ago
TWO homeowners found their multimillion-dollar home had been transferred to a complete stranger - then came the death threats.
Alexander Leszczynski, 25, pleaded guilty to fraud, murder-for-hire and obstruction of justice, but said he was “just young and dumb” prior to sentencing.
He tried to hire a hitman to assassinate witnesses in a trial, to prevent them from testifying against him, said prosecutors.
But the murder plot was exposed by a confidential informant while he was incarcerated at Pinellas County Jail.
Leszczynski, of Tampa in Florida, also manufactured a fake pardon from former US President Donald Trump, according to court documents.
He had initially been charged with fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in April 2022.
According to court documents, Leszczynski had "used fictitious religious organizations" including Love & Bliss, and the Tinnitus Institute of Love & Bliss, Inc., entities — to engage in numerous frauds.
However, he discovered that $337,000 had been frozen by US authorities.
The court was told that he tried to have the funds released by producing a fabricated pardon purportedly signed by Trump.
Prosecutors said that, in a separate fraud scheme, Leszczynski filed fraudulent warranty deeds involving the transfer of property.
These purported to deed to himself and his businesses 10 properties around the US - collectively valued at more than $300 million, court documents added.
The affected property owners and attorneys tried to correct the fraudulent deeds - by suing him.
But "Leszczynski responded by sending harassing and threatening letters, emails, and faxes.
After being charged with deed fraud, he was arraigned on May 17, 2022, and ordered detained.
It was while he was in jail on fraud charges that "the FBI became aware Leszczynski sought out a hitman to kill two victims," the court filings added.
Leszczynski told a confidential informant that he had $45,000 hidden at his home to pay someone to kill his two intended victims.
According to filings, he told the informant his pending criminal case would have to be "dropped" if the pair were dead.
That informant then agreed to put Leszczynski in contact with a purported hitman - who was actually an undercover agent.
He shared his intended victims' names, address, physical descriptions, approximate ages, and details to help the “hitman” find their photos online, the court was told.
Leszczynski also negotiated a price, settling on paying $30,000.
In relation to the three different fraud schemes, in which he had tried to obtain more than $10 million, District Judge Mary S. Scriven sentenced Leszczynski to 17 years and six months in federal prison, said an attorney's office statement released on October 6.
He had pleaded guilty to fraud charges last November.
In June this year, he admitted the murder-for-hire case.
A further statement released on November 13 said that US District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. had sentenced him to 17 years and six months in federal prison for murder-for-hire and obstruction of justice.
Judge Moody ordered that it be served consecutive to the 17 years and six months’ sentence he received in the related fraud case, according to a statement from the attorney's office.
"YOUNG AND DUMB"
The Miami-Herald reported that Leszczynski’s defense attorney, Ronald J. Kurpiers, wrote in a sentencing document that his client was “remorseful and regretful” and his “conduct is the result of his lack of real-life experience and being naive.”
“I am just young and dumb,” Leszczynski had repeatedly said before his sentencing, added Kurpiers.
Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing documentation that Leszczynski had shown a “total lack of remorse."
They also told the judge that he “demonstrates his continued dangerousness to the couple and the public."
After sentencing, Leszczynski's attorney, Dane Chase, told USA Today in a statement: "The sentences imposed upon Mr. Leszczynski reflect an utter disregard for the mitigating factors of youth.
"Mr. Leszczynski was in his early twenties at the time of his charged offenses.
"Science has proven that the human brain continues to develop until approximately the age of 25.
"Mr. Leszczynski’s sentences do not adequately account for this fact, and we look forward to litigating this issue and others on appeal."