Pinellas County Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison for Murder-for-Hire Plot

Alexander Leszczynski

Alexander Leszczynski of Florida has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot. This sentence is in addition to the 17 1/2 years he received last month for fraud charges. U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr., handed down the sentence following Leszczynski’s guilty plea to murder for hire and obstruction of justice.

In the fraud case, Leszczynski fraudulently applied for about $1.3 million in Payroll Protection Plan loans using fake religious organizations. After investigators seized $337,000 from his account, he attempted to secure its release by presenting a falsified pardon allegedly signed by former President Donald Trump.

The murder-for-hire plot unfolded in October 2020 when Leszczynski, using a fake charity, filed a fraudulent warranty deed to transfer property in Reddington Shores. When the rightful property owners sued to correct the deed, Leszczynski responded with a series of harassing communications. While incarcerated in April 2022 for deed fraud and money laundering, Leszczynski sought to hire a hitman to eliminate the property owners. He informed a confidential informant about $45,000 hidden at his home, available as payment for the murders.

Leszczynski then negotiated with an undercover agent posing as a hitman, providing personal details of the victims and agreeing to a $30,000 fee for their murder. He initially pleaded guilty in November 2022, withdrew the plea, and subsequently re-entered it in June.

Since his plea, Leszczynski has been actively writing letters in an attempt to coerce others to falsely admit to his crimes. The Department of Justice reports that his actions have included both solicitation and threats.

Author: CrimeDoor

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