Friday, May 27, 2016

Long-Time Becker & Poliakoff Lawyer Charged With Money Laundering


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Condo association lawyers, my ass. This guy knows how to party!

Alan Koslow worked at Becker & Poliakoff since 1993.
Koslow accepted $220,000 in cash that he agreed to launder for the undercover FBI agents between December 2012 and August 2013, according to court records. In exchange, he was paid $8,500, investigators wrote.
Man, that's like bargain-basement condo lawyer rates. A mere 4% of the hooch.
He first met with two agents in November 2012 and agreed he and Mohr would help them conceal the source of cash, which Koslow was told came from an illegal gambling business and the sale of cocaine and counterfeit Viagra, prosecutor Neil Karadbil wrote in court records.Defendant Koslow met with the undercover agents, discussed laundering $50,000 a month for the next two years for the undercover agents, and explained how their attorney-client relationship would protect them, Karadbil wrote.

The final meeting was Aug. 22, 2013, when Koslow met with the agents in a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale and accepted $50,000 in cash in a FedEx envelope, investigators wrote.
The whole thing with law firms employing "lobbyists" perplexes me.
Koslow was previously forced to resign from the position of Hollywood city attorney in September 1993, because of controversy about his handling of a $50,000 legal settlement with a city secretary who said she was sexually harassed by another employee. Koslow later acknowledged he and the secretary had a sexual affair that he had not revealed to the city commission.

The Florida Supreme Court later suspended him for 45 days for violating legal ethics and he was placed on probation as a lawyer until he passed an ethics exam.

In a 1997 interview with the Miami Herald, Koslow said he had learned his lesson: "One of the keys to life is to learn from your mistakes, and certainly I've done that. I've worked very hard every day at rebuilding my reputation, professionally and, more important, personally. I have my priorities in order now."
What did Becker & Poliakoff have to say about all this?
As the U.S. Attorney's office made clear in its statement today, the charge pertains to Alan personally, and has no connection to the law firm.
But Becker & Poliakoff might want to rethink its judgment regarding the Firm's hiring practices. Hiring a lawyer when he is fired from a position of pubic trust for ethical violations that lands him in the soup with the Florida Bar to the tune of a suspension and probation, is a dicey proposition.

And I guess the big question not addressed in media coverage is, did these illegal funds get laundered through Becker & Poliakoff's trust accounts?

5 comments:

  1. This is fantastic news, that Alan Ross is still alive, and practicing.

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  2. I posted a similar comment on David's blog, but how is this money laundering? The funds didn't actually come from an illegal source. (It should surprise no one that I haven't practiced criminal law for a day. This may be obvious to those of you who do, but not not me.)

    It's not like in a drug sting when you buy a kilo of cocaine from the fuzz. In that scenario the cocaine is still cocaine. But here, the funds weren't from gambling or drug sales.

    The example that comes to mind is, what if I dream that my brother shot and killed a man with my gun. Upon waking up, and believing the dream to be real, I throw my gun in the ocean to protect my brother. Am I guilty of destroying evidence and an accomplice to murder?

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  3. If, in your dream, the man your brother shot and killed was an FBI agent, you and your bother would be on death row.

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  4. "He first met with two agents in November 2012 and agreed he and Mohr would help them conceal the source of cash, which Koslow was told came from an illegal gambling business and the sale of cocaine and counterfeit Viagra..."

    counterfeit Viagra?

    that explains a lot...

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  5. Ross will mess up this case like he did with Joyce Cohen. She is very lucky that she avoided the death penalty no thanks to Ross and his pock face that even his ugly beard cannot hide.

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