A Florida man was indicted for multiple counts of fraud on Wednesday after attempting to swindle the government of hundreds of thousands of dollars and trying to obtain the money using a fake pardon that he claims was signed by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Alexander Leszczynski, a 22-year-old man from Florida, had allegedly attempted various schemes in order to defraud the government. One of his schemes involved applying for a pandemic relief loan amounting to over $195,000, while another scheme attempted to deposit more than $2 million of fake checks in a bank account, according to the Daily Beast.

The COVID relief loans, known officially as the Payroll Protection Plan, is supposed to be used during the pandemic for “payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities,” so that businesses would be able to continue operating after the pandemic.

In another fraud scheme that Leszczynski was caught doing, he created fake warranty deeds for himself and his Christian nonprofit that gave him ownership to ten properties across the United States that are worth over $300 million altogether, the DOJ reported in a press release.

When the real owners of the property attempted to correct the fake warranty deeds, Leszczynski sent out threatening emails, faxes, and letters in an attempt to intimidate the real owners into following along the ruse, which appears to have not worked.

The government was able to seize over $337,000 from Leszczynski’s bank accounts with regards to the pandemic relief loans he received as well as some of the fake checks that he was able to cash. His attempt to get the money back involved him producing a fake pardon from former President Donald Trump that he hoped would allow the release of the money.

If convicted of the charges, Leszczynski can spend up to 30 years in prison for his crimes.

A fraudster in Florida who ran a fake Christian nonprofit in an attempt to seize multiple properties worth $300 million altogether has been arrested for multiple charges of fraud. This is a representational image. Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash.

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