In the Matter Thaddaeus T. Viers, Respondent. Appellate Case No. 2016-001034
Submitted June 22, 2016
M. Coggiola, Disciplinary Counsel, and C. Tex. Davis, Jr.,
Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, both of Columbia, for
Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Ward Goff, of James E. Smith Jr., PA, of Columbia, for
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.
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.
January 2013, respondent was indicted on the additional
charges of Petit Larceny and Burglary 1st.
the criminal charges involved respondent's conduct and
interactions with his ex-girlfriend.
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.
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.
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 ...