Defendants Charged with Agreeing to Launder Proceeds of Illegal Activity
Alan Koslow, 62, a Hollywood, Florida attorney and lobbyist, and Susan Mohr, 57, of Delray Beach, Florida were charged in an Information with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, by agreeing to launder what they believed to be the cash proceeds of illegal activity.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
Mohr will be surrendering to face the charges on May 31, 2016, and Koslow will be surrendering on June 2, 2016, both before United States Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer in Fort Lauderdale.
The Information alleges that beginning in November 2012, Alan Koslow met with two undercover agents from the FBI. During the course of several meetings that followed, the undercover agents explained to Koslow, and later to Mohr, their need to launder cash being generated from an illegal gambling business and from the unlawful sale of narcotics and counterfeit Viagra. 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 business bank account of “Mohr2GoGifts,” a business owned by Mohr and located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Pursuant to this agreement, on several occasions Koslow accepted cash from the undercover agents who thereafter received cashiers’ checks and business checks from Mohr equal to the amount of the cash minus the five percent fee.
The law firm that employed Koslow was not involved in any of the alleged criminal activity.
The defendants each face a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of 5 years and a $250,000 fine.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Neil Karadbil.
An information is merely an allegation and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.