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Former representative Thad Viers officially disbarred

Former representative Thad Viers was officially disbarred on Wednesday. (Source: WMBF News) Former representative Thad Viers was officially disbarred on Wednesday. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Former state House Rep. Thad Viers was officially disbarred by the South Carolina Supreme Court following his pleading guilty in cases pertaining to an ex-girlfriend and another related to money laundering.

According to an opinion filed on Wednesday, Viers, “admits misconduct and consents to the imposition of a definite suspension not to exceed three years or disbarment.”

The opinion filed with the Supreme Court called for the disbarment.

This action stemmed from legal troubles Viers found himself in starting in January 2012, when he was arrested and charged with first-degree harassment. Two months later, he was indicted on an additional charge of stalking, according to the opinion.

In January 2013, Viers was indicted on additional charges of petit larceny and first-degree burglary.

One year later, on Jan. 8, 2014, Viers pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and one year of probation, according to court records.

Then, in April 2015, Viers pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering in federal court.

The plea agreement signed by Viers stated that he agreed to plead guilty to one of 12 counts of money laundering, which charged him with “engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity.”

That indictment alleged that, on Oct. 4, 2011, Viers withdrew $50,000 from a First Citizens trust account, and that this money was derived from mail fraud.

According to the opinion filed with the S.C. Supreme Court, this fraud was related to Viers’ representation of Marlon Weaver, president and owner of Weaver Company, Inc., a construction company in Conway.

In October of last year, Viers was sentenced to a prison term of 37 months, which he is currently serving.

Related story:

Former representative Viers begins 3-year prison sentence on money laundering charge

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