Miami-Dade County

A fraudster, a tax avoider, a subpeona ignorer and a powerful lawyer who just wanted to be cool

Alan Koslow, here at a 2012 Gaming Summit held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, has been effectively disbarred until November 2021. He pleaded guilty in federal court in 2016 after caught in an FBI sting in which he laundered cash from an illegal gambling operation and from the unlawful sale of narcotics and counterfeit Viagra.
Alan Koslow, here at a 2012 Gaming Summit held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, has been effectively disbarred until November 2021. He pleaded guilty in federal court in 2016 after caught in an FBI sting in which he laundered cash from an illegal gambling operation and from the unlawful sale of narcotics and counterfeit Viagra. Miami Herald file photo

Four lawyers from Miami-Dade and Broward counties were among the 21 statewide punished by the Florida Bar in December.

Miami’s Dennis Bedard, admitted to the Bar in 1988, has been under suspension since Dec. 16 for failing to fully answer several Florida Bar subpoenas requesting financial records related to a complaint filed by client Eugenio Marrapodi. Bedard will remain under suspension until when and if he produces the records.

Miami’s Jeffrey Budzik, admitted to the Bar in 2004 after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, received a disciplinary revocation retroactive to Feb. 3. Essentially, he’s disbarred after pleading guilty in federal court to bank fraud.

Fort Lauderdale’s Daniel Gass, a member of the Bar since 1994 after graduating from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law, found employment taxes problematic, according to the referee’s report on his disbarment. Over several businesses, the lawyer and certified public accountant owes the IRS $419,482.31 in taxes and penalties.

Alan Koslow of Fort Lauderdale, formerly of Becker & Poliakoff and a longtime politically connected lawyer in Broward, received his requested disciplinary revocation. Koslow can reapply for Bar admission on Nov. 26, 2021. In 2016, Koslow was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison then three years supervised release after getting caught in an FBI sting that involved him laundering cash generated from an illegal gambling business and from the unlawful sale of narcotics and counterfeit Viagra. The charges pertained to Koslow personally, not Becker & Poliakoff, federal officials said at the time.

In June, Koslow, a former city attorney for Hollywood, tested positive for cocaine three times during the month and a federal judge ordered him to remain in rehab.

According to his statement of facts in the case, “Koslow admitted that it was stupid to do the deal for small amounts of money.” The money, he said, was a pittance compared to his attorney income. But, he “needed extra spending money to party with his friends” and “he wanted to be cool and he liked hanging with the UCs (undercover agents).”

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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