Ex-lawmaker Viers has law license suspended while in prison

Former Rep. Thad Viers, who is serving a federal sentence for money laundering, is being transferred to a halfway house. Jeffrey Collins/AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A former South Carolina House member spending three years in federal prison for money laundering has been suspended from practicing law.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday revoked Thad Viers’ law license for three years, but agreed to make the suspension retroactive to 2012, when Viers was charged with harassing an ex-girlfriend and faced a temporary loss of his law license.

In 2015, Viers pleaded guilty to money laundering for helping a construction company owner hide assets. Viers is currently in federal prison.

He will have to apply to get his law license back once he completes his prison sentence. The Supreme Court would have to approve his application.

Viers served in the House for a decade and was a rising Republican star before his harassment arrest.