Broward lawyer Alan Koslow enters rehab after testing positive for cocaine three times while on bond

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel

By Paula McMahon

Published August 15, 2016


Broward lawyer and lobbyist Alan Koslow has entered a residential drug rehab program after testing positive for cocaine use at least three times since he was charged with a federal money-laundering conspiracy last month, court records show.


Koslow, 62, of Hollywood, has pleaded not guilty to laundering what he thought was $220,000 linked to illegal gambling and drug dealing of cocaine and counterfeit Viagra. Prosecutors say he accepted $8,500 from undercover FBI agents in a sting that operated in 2012 and 2013.

Koslow tested positive for cocaine on at least three occasions since he surrendered to face the conspiracy charge and was released on $50,000 bond on June 2, his lawyer Michael Orenstein wrote in court records.

Koslow had been ordered to undergo random drug testing as one of the conditions of his pre-trial release.

His first positive drug test was June 6, four days after he was released on bond. Judges often warn defendants that they get a "pass" for their first drug test result after arrest but subsequent positive tests are more likely to be considered a bond violation that could send them to jail.

Urine tests can usually detect cocaine for about two weeks after use, according to experts.

Koslow, who was being tested twice a week since his arrest, tested positive a second time on June 20 and a third time on June 30, his lawyer wrote.

Probation officers sent Koslow for a psychological evaluation and he began out-patient treatment on June 27, records show.

Broward lawyer and lobbyist Alan Koslow tested positive for cocaine use at least three times since he was charged with a federal money-laudering conspiracy in June.

After the third positive drug test, Koslow asked Orenstein to get him admitted to a residential drug treatment program, the defense lawyer wrote.

"Defendant Koslow has now taken a monumental step by finally wanting to voluntarily be admitted to a residential treatment facility," Orenstein wrote.

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Koslow entered the drug treatment program on Saturday, his lawyer said.

"I'm trying to get needed help for my client," Orenstein told the Sun Sentinel on Monday. He declined further comment about the drug abuse and he and Koslow have declined to say anything about the money-laundering charge.

Koslow was tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, July 18, with U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, but Orenstein said he was planning to ask for a postponement before Koslow entered rehab.

Because of the way the case was filed against Koslow, it is believed that he has some form of agreement to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge.

Koslow is still listed as a "member in good standing" and "eligible to practice law" by the Florida Bar. He has not been practicing law since he resigned his position at the powerhouse law firm of Becker & Poliakoff just before prosecutors announced in late May that he was facing a criminal charge, his lawyer wrote.