Former South Carolina Lawmaker Indicted, Hid Assets From Insurer

By JEFFREY COLLINS | August 12, 2014

A former state lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, S.C., who had his run for the U.S. House derailed by a harassment arrest has now been indicted on 14 federal charges.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Thad Viers helped a man who defaulted on a paving contract for Interstate 95 hide more than $500,000 in assets in 2011 from an insurance company that was on the hook for a $6 million payment.

The indictment also charges Viers with lying to an IRS agent, saying the businessman never told him he was trying to hide assets.

No one answered a phone number for Viers. Court records didn’t list an attorney.

Viers served nine years in the South Carolina House. He ran for the U.S. House in 2012, but dropped out after he was arrested for harassment.

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