Contractor sentenced in case that ensnared ex-SC Rep. Viers

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Pawleys Island contractor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in a money laundering case that included a former South Carolina House member.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Friday 55-year-old Marlon Weaver was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

Former state Rep. Thad Viers is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to money laundering.

Federal prosecutors say the Myrtle Beach Republican helped hide the assets of Weaver’s construction company after it defaulted on a contract to do paving work on Interstate 95, then lied about it to IRS agents.

Viers resigned from the South Carolina House after a 2012 arrest on charges he harassed a former girlfriend.