Alan Koslow, a lawyer and lobbyist from Hollywood, Florida, was arrested along with Susan Mohr of Delray Beach for allegedly laundering $220,000 linked to illegal drug dealing and gambling. They both face federal money-laundering conspiracy charges. Koslow, 62, and Mohr, 57, were released last Thursday after they both posted $50,000 bail.
According to court records, Koslow’s money laundering scheme was revealed by an undercover FBI sting that ran for a period of nine months between 2012 and 2013. Koslow purportedly received $8,500 from undercover federal agents to help launder large sums of money through his business bank account in Fort Lauderdale.
Investigators said Koslow allegedly received the payment because he thought he was helping criminals conceal sources of money illegally earned from gambling and the sale of drugs like cocaine and counterfeit Viagra. The press did not specify why it took the federal government three years to file money-laundering conspiracy charges against Koslow and Mohr.
News sources speculate that the wording of the charges implies that Koslow has reached a plea bargain, though no plea bargain has been revealed to the public. It is suspected that Koslow may have provided helpful information to the FBI about other people’s crimes over the past three years.
Koslow is a well-known South Florida lawyer and lobbyist who has served as Hollywood City Attorney–the city’s second highest position. He resigned from that post when it was revealed that he had negotiated a $50,000 settlement for a sexual harassment scandal on behalf of a woman with whom he had a long-term affair. He admitted to violating legal ethics by having a conflict of interest in the matter.
Koslow was also a prominent lawyer and shareholder at the law firm Becker & Poliakoff. He specialized in government law and was the head of the firm’s gaming and sports law practice for over two decades. He resigned a week before the prosecution filed the money laundering charge.
Prosecutors have publicly announced that Koslow’s former law firm is not implicated in his criminal case. It is still unclear how Koslow knows Mohr, but both pleaded not guilty during the arraignment hearing last week.