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In re Viers

Supreme Court of South Carolina

July 20, 2016

In the Matter Thaddaeus T. Viers, Respondent. Appellate Case No. 2016-001034

          Submitted June 22, 2016

          Lesley M. Coggiola, Disciplinary Counsel, and C. Tex. Davis, Jr., Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, both of Columbia, for Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

          Dylan Ward Goff, of James E. Smith Jr., PA, of Columbia, for Respondent.

          OPINION

          PER CURIAM

         In this attorney disciplinary matter, respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) have entered into an Agreement for Discipline by Consent (Agreement) pursuant to Rule 21 of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (RLDE contained in Rule 413 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR). In the Agreement, respondent admits misconduct and consents to the imposition of a definite suspension not to exceed three (3) years or disbarment. Respondent requests the Court impose the suspension or disbarment retroactively to April 11, 2012, the date of his interim suspension. In the Matter of Viers, 397 S.C. 517, 727 S.E.2d 27 (2012). ODC joins the request for retroactive imposition of the sanction. We accept the Agreement and disbar respondent from the practice of law in this state, retroactively to the date of his interim suspension. The facts, as set forth in the Agreement, are as follows.

         Facts

         Matter I

         On January 5, 2012, respondent was arrested and charged with Harassment 1st degree. In March 2012, respondent was indicted on the additional charge of Stalking. By letter dated April 3, 2012, respondent self-reported these criminal charges to ODC. As noted above, on April 11, 2012, the Court placed respondent on interim suspension. Id.

         In January 2013, respondent was indicted on the additional charges of Petit Larceny and Burglary 1st.

         All of the criminal charges involved respondent's conduct and interactions with his ex-girlfriend.

         On January 8, 2014, respondent pled guilty to Harassment 2nd degree. He was sentenced to sixty (60) days in jail (to be served on weekends), one (1) year of probation, required mental health counseling, fees/fines in the amount of $133.90, and ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the victim. The remaining criminal charges of Stalking, Burglary 1st, and Petit Larceny were marked nolle prosequi on January 24, 2014. Respondent has paid all fees/fines related to the guilty plea.

         Matter II

         Respondent was indicted on fourteen (14) counts of criminal conduct relating to his representation of Marlon Weaver. On April 15, 2015, respondent pled guilty to engaging in a monetary transaction in property derived from unlawful activity which is a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957 and 18 U.S.C. § 2. Specifically, respondent admitted he engaged in a monetary transaction which had some effect on interstate or foreign commerce, the monetary transaction involved criminally derived property with a value of greater than $10, 000, respondent knew the transaction involved funds that were the proceeds of some criminal activity, and the funds were in fact proceeds of mail fraud.

         On October 20, 2015, respondent was sentenced for the criminal conduct. He was committed to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of thirty-seven (37) months. Upon release from imprisonment, respondent was ordered to be on supervised release for a term of three (3) years. In addition, respondent is held jointly and severally liable for restitution in the amount of $875, 000 to be paid to SafeCo Insurance Company. Respondent ...


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