Fraud suspect faked presidential pardon signed by Donald Trump, Florida officials say
Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on July 11, 2021, in Dallas. - Elias Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News/TNS

MIAMI — A creative Florida man is accused of fabricating his own pardon from former President Donald Trump — while he was under investigation for fraud, federal court documents report. The ruse — which ultimately failed — is one in a series of frauds credited to Alexander Leszczynski of North Redington Beach in Pinellas County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. Among them: Fraudulent deeds granting 22-year-old Leszczynski ownership of other people’s property, and a fictitious religious charity called Love & Bliss Inc. used for check kiting, officials s...