Convicted Fraudster Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison For Hiring Hitman To Murder Witnesses
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. has sentenced Alexander Leszczynski to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for murder for hire and obstruction of justice. Leszczynski had pleaded guilty on June 6, 2023. Judge Moody ordered that Leszczynski’s sentence of 17 years and 6 months be served consecutive to the 17 years and 6 months’ sentence he received in a related fraud case.
According to court documents, in October 2020, Leszczynski, using the name of a fake charity, filed a fraudulent warranty deed for a transfer of a property in Redington Shores, Florida. When the owners of that residence, Victim 1 and Victim 2, sued Leszczynski to correct the deed, Leszczynski sent a series of harassing letters, emails, and faxes to the victims and the lawyer representing them in the lawsuit.
In April 2022, Leszczynski was charged with the deed fraud related to the property belonging to Victim 1 and Victim 2, various other frauds, as well as multiple counts of money laundering in case United States v. Alexander Leszczynski, 8:22-cr-155-MSS-SPF. He was arraigned on May 17, 2022, and ordered detained.
In August 2022, the FBI became aware that while incarcerated at the Pinellas County Jail, Leszczynski sought out a hitman to kill Victim 1 and Victim 2. Leszczynski reported to a confidential informant that he had $45,000, hidden at his residence, available to pay someone to kill the victims. Leszczynski relayed to the confidential informant that he would be able to get the victims’ property and that his pending criminal case (the fraud case) would have to be dropped if the victims were dead. The confidential informant agreed to put Leszczynski in contact with a purported hitman, who was actually an undercover agent.
On September 8 and 9, 2022, Leszczynski had calls with the undercover agent. Among other details, Leszczynski shared Victim 1 and Victim 2’s names, address, physical descriptions, approximate ages, and provided additional details that would allow the “hitman” to find photographs of Victim 1 and Victim 2 online. Leszczynski also negotiated the price for the murder at $30,000, and repeatedly ensured that he wanted Victim 1 and Victim 2 dead.
In November 2022, Leszczynski pleaded guilty in both cases. He later withdrew his plea in the murder-for-hire case, but again pleaded guilty in June 2023. Since he pleaded guilty in both cases, Leszczynski has written numerous letters—intercepted by the United States—attempting to solicit and threaten others to come forward and fraudulently take responsibility for his crimes.
The fraud case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Largo Police Department, the Indian Shores Police Department, and the Palm Beach Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Jones. The murder-for-hire case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shauna S. Hale and Samantha J. Newman.
Updated November 13, 2023