Mark C. Moore, Deborah B. Barbier and Ian T. Duggan secure acquittal in federal health care fraud case

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Thursday, August 25, 2018, a federal jury returned a “Not Guilty” verdicts against Dr. John Pienkos, II and Dr. Alexander Tomovski. The Conway, South Carolina chiropractors were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud by the United States Attorney’s office in South Carolina on November 28, 2017.

Dr. Alexander Tomovski was represented by Mark Moore, leader of Nexsen Pruet’s White Collar Defense/Government Investigations practice, and Ian Duggan of Callison, Tighe and Robinson. Dr. John Pienkos was represented by Deborah Barbier.

During the eight-day trial, the jury heard Dr. Pienkos and Dr. Tomovski testify in their own defense, in addition to calling a number of patients to testify about the exceptional care they received at Conway Health Center and Allied Health. After hearing the testimony of more than 30 witnesses, the jury deliberated for approximately nine hours before returning the not guilty verdict.

Dr. Pienkos and Dr. Tomovski have maintained their innocence since the beginning of this case. The investigation of this matter and the trial have come at great physical, emotional and financial expense to these two men and their families.

This case serves as a reminder that everyone in this country is innocent until proven guilty. Dr. Pienkos and Dr. Tomovski appreciate the jury’s careful consideration of their case, as well as being vindicated by a jury of their peers.

Moore, Barbier and Duggan would like to thank all of Dr. Pienko’s and Dr. Tomovski’s family, friends, loyal patients and supporters. They appreciate the outpouring of support during the time they were wrongly accused.

Press inquiries for the Defense Team should be directed as follows: Mark Moore (803) 600-2292; Deborah Barbier (803) 730-6290; Ian Duggan (803) 404-6900.

About Mark C. Moore

Before joining Nexsen Pruet in 2013, Mark Moore was a federal prosecutor who served in multiple management positions in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. In his current practice, Moore conducts internal investigations, defends cases brought under the False Claims Act and represents corporations and individuals facing grand jury, civil and criminal investigations conducted by federal and state authorities.

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Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.

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