A Florida man who was indicted for multiple fraud schemes fabricated a pardon from former President Donald Trump to try to escape charges and get back his frozen assets, according to the Department of Justice.
Twenty-two year old Alexander Leszczynski reportedly ran several schemes, including applying for and receiving two Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans totalling $195,910 and engaging in a check-kiting scam in which he tried to deposit $2.7 million of worthless checks into the account of one of his fictitious charitable entities.
The feds ultimately seized $337,000 from one of the accounts Leszczynski was using to launder the money. When he learned that the money had been frozen, he tried to have it released by “producing a fabricated pardon purportedly signed by former President Donald Trump,” according to the DOJ.
Leszczynski has been charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison if he’s convicted.