Former lawmaker Thad Viers to appear in court

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina lawmaker is appearing in federal court next week on charges he helped a businessman hide assets, then lied about it to federal agents.

      Court records show Thad Viers' arraignment is set for Thursday in Florence. A lawyer listed for him didn't immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment.

      Viers faces charges of money laundering, lying to an IRS agent and other charges. The Myrtle Beach Republican ran for U.S. House in 2012 but was derailed after a harassment arrest that led to a guilty plea and a 60-day weekend jail sentence.

      In 2007, he pleaded no contest to illegal communication and was fined $500 for threats made to a man who was dating a woman who was Viers' estranged wife at that time.

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