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Condo association lawyers, my ass. This guy knows how to party!
Alan Koslow worked at Becker & Poliakoff since 1993.
Man, that's like bargain-basement condo lawyer rates. A mere 4% of the hooch.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.
The whole thing with law firms employing "lobbyists" perplexes me.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.
What did Becker & Poliakoff have to say about all this?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."
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.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.
And I guess the big question not addressed in media coverage is, did these illegal funds get laundered through Becker & Poliakoff's trust accounts?