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Mark C. Moore

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Overview

On the federal level, there are so many laws and regulations, that scholars have almost given up counting them. In an article in The Wall Street Journal entitled "Many Failed Efforts to Count Nation's Federal Criminal Laws," retired Louisiana State University law professor John Baker was quoted:

"There is no one in the US over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration."


As a state and federal prosecutor, Mark Moore prosecuted virtually every crime imaginable. A common thread came to light throughout his career -- although there are hardened criminals who get the spotlight – many crimes happen because people simply do not know they are violating the law.

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Education
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1987
  • Wofford College, B.A. (History), cum laude, 1984
Bar Admissions
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the District of S.C.
  • South Carolina
Mark Recognized
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Criminal Law
  • Recipient, National OCDETF award for Regional OCDETF Case of the Year (2009, 2012)
  • Recipient, Southeastern OCDETF Regional Coordinators' Award (2004, 2007)
  • Recipient, EOUSA Director's Award for Superior Performance in a Management
  • Certified Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt

As a prosecutor, Mark tried approximately seventy-five (75) criminal cases in state and federal courts and has handled a number of complicated high-profile cases. A few of the most recent notable cases:

United States v. Kenyon et al
Racketeering prosecutions of South Carolina attorney and New York businessman involving predicate acts of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and murder.

United States v. Sharpe
Mark lead the first federal prosecution of a sitting South Carolina constitutional officer when he prosecuted South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Sharpe under the Hobbs Act.

United States v. Butts
This health care fraud case involved multiple defendants (including an attorney and several CPAs) who were convicted of defrauding Medicare in a related-parties scheme.

United States v. Morgan, et al; United States v. Betenbaugh et al; United States v. Wells
A series of cases related to the prosecution of public officials (including a mayor, county supervisor, county assessor  and former sheriff ) from Union, South Carolina.

United States v. Cromartie
Income tax evasion and financial structuring prosecution of attorney and Columbia city councilman.

United States v. Pinson, et al; United States v. Zahn; United States v. Bartley
A series of related prosecutions of a South Carolina State University Board Chairman and associates in connection with a complicated bribery/kickback scheme.

United States v. Dong and GenPhar
Related prosecutions of a biotechnology firm and its president involved various offenses related to fraud in the application for and use of federal grant funds and in making illegal federal campaign contributions.

United States v. Melvin
This racketeering trial of the Lee County Sheriff involved charges including drug distribution, soliciting and accepting kickbacks and making false statements.

 

Overview

Since 1996, Mark has served as an instructor, lecturer and working group member for the Office of Legal Education at the National Advocacy Center in both Washington and Columbia. Mark also conducted extensive for federal and state law enforcement agents on the rules related to criminal discovery in the federal courts and has spoken at court-sponsored seminars on the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

Mark has also conducted regular training for banking executives and officials on the Bank Secrecy Act, Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) and anti-money laundering compliance.

Mark was a featured speaker at the North American Securities Administrators Association’s 2013 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, speaking to state and provincial securities officials from the United States and Canada about legal issues related to the interception of  electronic communications.

Mark enjoys exercising his brain just as much as his brawn.

He is an avid reader, most often selecting books about history, politics and, of course, some crime fiction. His favorite things to do outside include hiking, biking and swimming.  Occasionally, you'll find him on a yoga mat.

Mark enjoys traveling and the time he spends with family and friends is a very important part of his life.  He attends St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia's Shandon community. 

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"Business leaders simply can't be ignorant of the laws that govern their industries. 'Ignorantia juris non excusat.'  It's my job to advise and counsel so that clients understand what's legal and what's not - in the first place."