Democrats were rocked by yet another criminal scandal last week when Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper was arrested on multiple felonies.
Mad World News reported that Cooper has been charged with money laundering, official misconduct, and exceeding campaign contribution limits. On top of that, she has been charged with the misdemeanor soliciting contributions in a government building.
Cooper was finally arrested after a 5-year investigation, which kicked off with an FBI undercover sting operation in 2012. A source close to the case said that Cooper allegedly met with undercover agents posing as wealthy land developers who wanted to bring a business project to the city.
During one of these meetings, Cooper allegedly solicited campaign contributions that exceeded legal limits for herself and others, then falsified reports about those contributions. Cooper is reportedly going to plead not guilty to all the charges.
“She never accepted any money or anything that went into her pocket,” her lawyer Larry Davis told reporters. “She never accepted a campaign contribution for any quid pro quo for any developer, anyone in her 20 years of public life.”
Davis went on to claim that the man to blame for Cooper’s legal dilemma is a former attorney and lobbyist named Alan Koslow, who pleaded guilty in 2016 to federal charges of money laundering. The lawyer said that Koslow made false accusations against Cooper that landed her in this mess, and that his money laundering conviction comes “from illegal gambling proceeds and from sales of narcotics and counterfeit Viagra.”
Back in 2012, Koslow met the undercover FBI agents with Cooper.
“We’re very disappointed that the State Attorney’s Office would use someone like Alan Koslow, who’s a convicted felon, disbarred lawyer, disgraced lawyer to be the center point, centerpiece of their investigation,” Davis said.
Michele Lazarow, another Hallandale city commissioner, expressed shock when she heard about Cooper’s arrest.
“We were saddened and surprised to hear about this. It puts a dark cloud over our city and not the kind of press we were looking for,” she said.
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