Florida man 'fabricated' a Trump pardon to get back $337,000 in seized assets: DOJ
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced on Wednesday that Andrew Leszczynski, 22, arrested in an extensive alleged fraud case, presented a fabricated pardon from former U.S. president Donald Trump.

"According to the court documents and the facts presented during the bond 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 engaging in a check kiting scheme and attempting to deposit $2.7 million of worthless checks into the Love & Bliss, Inc. business account," the office said in a statement released by United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.

The saga took a bizarre turn when federal authorities caught up with him.

"The United States ultimately seized $337,000 from an account Leszczynski controlled and, when he discovered that the money had been frozen, he attempted to have it released by producing a fabricated pardon purportedly signed by former President Donald Trump," the statement read.

"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."

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In 2021, The Daily Beast reported on Leszczynski's alleged efforts to seize two properties owned by Jeffrey Epstien.

Leszczynski faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.