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      Ex-Rep. Viers pleads not guilty in federal case

      A former South Carolina House member has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped a businessman hide assets from an insurance company and lied to IRS agents.

      Thad Viers entered the plea at his arraignment Thursday in federal court in Florence.

      Prosecutors say the 36-year-old former Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach helped Marlon Weaver hide assets after he defaulted on a $6 million contract to pave part of Interstate 95. Weaver pleaded guilty to money laundering in 2013.

      Former state representative Thad Viers pled not guilty today in federal money laundering scheme. pic.twitter.com/wGkBmZuZVw

      â?? Tonya Brown (@tbrowntallie) August 28, 2014

      But Viers' attorney Pete Strom questioned the legitimacy of the government's case. You can hear from Strom during WPDE's newscast at 6.

      Viers served in the state House from 2003 until 2012 and was considered a front runner for an open U.S. House seat before being charged with stalking a former girlfriend.

      A judge agreed to Strom's request for an unsecured bond of $25,000 because Viers is still on probation in the stalking case.

      Viers' attorney says he has concerns about the government case. Viers' bond set at $25,000.

      â?? Tonya Brown (@tbrowntallie) August 28, 2014

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.