Alan Koslow, a longtime politically connected lawyer in Broward, was charged with money laundering by federal law enforcement Thursday related to an FBI sting that involved counterfeit Viagra and narcotics.
Koslow will surrender June 2 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer in Fort Lauderdale. Koslow, a former city of Hollywood attorney, worked for the Becker & Poliakoff law firm in Fort Lauderdale and was a lobbyist. The law firm was not involved in the crime, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Koslow, 62, of Hollywood, and Susan Mohr, 57, of Delray Beach, were charged by federal prosecutors with conspiracy related to laundering what they say was cash proceeds from illegal activity. Mohr will surrender May 31.
Here is what happened, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:
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Beginning in November 2012, Koslow met with two undercover agents from the FBI. During the course of several meetings that followed, the undercover agents explained to Koslow, and later to Mohr, their need to launder cash that was being generated from an illegal gambling business and from the unlawful sale of narcotics and counterfeit Viagra.
Koslow and Mohr agreed to accept the cash and then provide checks to the agents, for the amount of the cash minus a five percent fee, drawn on the business bank account of “Mohr2GoGifts,” a business owned by Mohr and located in Fort Lauderdale.
Both face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Koslow was Hollywood’s city attorney from 1990-93 until he resigned after it came to light that he had a relationship with a city secretary with whom he helped negotiate a lawsuit settlement. In 1994 he agreed to a 30-day suspension from practicing law after admitting he violated the rules of the Florida Bar.
He was later a regular force at City Hall, where he represented developers in many big deals. Koslow established Becker & Poliakoff’s first gaming division and represented slot-machine manufacturers.
Koslow held many leadership positions in Broward in the past, serving as vice chairman of the Broward Outreach Center for the homeless, past president of the Marti Huizenga Boys and Girls Club, founding member of the Greater Hollywood Arts Foundation and executive vice president of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Koslow’s name was quickly scrubbed from the Becker & Poliakoff website.
“Alan has been a friend and colleague for over 20 years, and we are shocked, saddened and disappointed. We have accepted Alan’s resignation. Our thoughts are with his family and all affected,” the law firm said in a statement. “As the U.S. Attorney’s office made clear in his statement today, the charge pertains to Alan personally, and has no connection to the law firm.”