Broward County

Broward lawyer Alan Koslow, charged with corruption, can remain in rehab, judge rules

by Amy Sherman

Broward attorney Alan Koslow
Broward attorney Alan Koslow Miami Herald Staff

Alan Koslow, a lobbyist/lawyer charged with money laundering, will remain in rehab after testing positive for cocaine, U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas ruled Wednesday.

Koslow tested positive for cocaine three times in June, court records show. He entered in-patient rehab for cocaine and mental health issues over the weekend, said Michael Orenstein, his lawyer. Orenstein declined to comment on any mental health diagnosis but said that Koslow has been evaluated by a psychiatrist and psychologist.

Koslow will next appear in court in August. Drug tests were a condition of Koslow’s pre-trial release. Because he violated the terms of release he could have been sent to jail.

Koslow resigned his job with Becker & Poliakoff after the charges were announced in May against him and co-defendant Susan Mohr. Koslow is a former city attorney for Hollywood who then moved into private practice, where he represented developers before the city commission. He held so much influence at City Hall that he was dubbed the “King of Hollywood.”

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 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, according to the federal charges.

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 bank account of “Mohr2GoGifts,” a Fort Lauderdale business owned by Mohr, the charging documents say. The sting ended in 2013, which has led to speculation that the feds waited to charge Koslow until this year because they wanted him to help nab others. Orenstein declined to answer questions about that.

Both face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Orenstein said that as far as he knows, Koslow and Mohr were not in a romantic relationship. Koslow knew Mohr through her business selling women's accessories, he said.

The Florida Bar opened a discipline file following the charges against Koslow. Although he remains listed as a member in good standing of the bar, if he is convicted of a felony there is a presumption of disbarment.

The Sun Sentinel previously reported that Koslow had entered rehab.