North Redington Shores man charged with multiple frauds | USAO-MDFL

Tampa, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Alexander Leszczynski (22, North Redington Beach) with wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. If convicted on all counts, Leszczynski faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison. The indictment also informs Leszczynski that the United States intends to confiscate $337,000, which represents the proceeds of the offenses, and property implicated in the offenses. Leszczynski made his first appearance on May 17, 2022, and was taken into custody pending trial.

According to court documents and facts presented at the bail hearing, Leszczynski used fictitious charitable entities, such as Love & Bliss, Inc., to engage in numerous frauds. The schemes included fraudulently applying for and receiving two Payroll Protection Plan (“PPP”) loans totaling approximately $195,910 and participating in a check scheme and attempting to deposit $2.7 million from void checks to the Love & Bliss, Inc. business account. Leszczynski laundered proceeds from the PPP and check schemes through multiple accounts in an effort to conceal these proceeds in the United States and prevent their recovery. The United States eventually seized $337,000 from an account controlled by Leszczynski, and when he discovered the money had been frozen, he attempted to have him released by producing a fabricated pardon allegedly signed by the former president. Donald Trump.

In a separate fraud scheme, Leszczynski filed fraudulent warranty deeds claiming to attribute to himself and his companies 10 properties in the United States collectively worth more than $300 million. When owners and attorneys attempted to correct the fraudulent acts, Leszczynski responded by sending harassing and threatening letters, emails and faxes.

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) is a federal law enacted in March 2020. It is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans who are suffering from the economic effects resulting from the COVID pandemic. -19. One of the sources of relief provided by the CARES Act is the authorization of up to $349 billion in small business forgivable loans for job retention and certain other expenses through the PPP. In April 2020, Congress authorized over $300 billion in additional PPP funding.

The PPP allows small businesses and other eligible organizations to receive loans with a term of two years and an interest rate of 1%. Businesses must use PPP loan proceeds for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities. The PPP allows interest and principal to be waived if the company spends the proceeds of these expenses within a specified time and uses at least a certain percentage of the loan for payroll expenses.

An indictment is simply a formal accusation that an accused has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and each accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Largo Police Department, Indian Shores Police Department and Palm Beach Police Department. He will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Jones and the asset forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jimmy Muench.

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