The State, The Sun News, The Herald-Sun
August 28, 2018
In South Carolina, Columbia's The State and Myrtle Beach's The Sun News, as well as Durham, North Carolina's The Herald-Sun, covered the August 23, 2018 "Not Guilty" verdicts returned by a federal jury against two Conway, South Carolina chiropractors - Dr. John Pienkos, II and Dr. Alexander Tomovski. Dr. Pienkos and Dr. Tomovski 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.
After an eight-day trial, a federal jury has acquitted two chiropractors of conspiring to cheat BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The chiropractors, John Pienkos II and Alexander Tomovski, both of Conway, faced up to 10 years in prison if they had been convicted.
“This case serves as a reminder that everyone in this country is innocent until proven guilty,” the chiropractors’ lawyers said in a statement.
“The investigation of this matter and the trial have come at great physical, emotional and financial expense to these two men and their families,” said defense lawyers Deborah Barbier, Mark Moore and Ian Duggan, all of Columbia.
The case was a rare trial defeat for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbia and the FBI, one of whose agents testified. In recent years, almost all federal criminal cases made in South Carolina have resulted in guilty pleas or convictions.
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.
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.