Crime Alex Murdaugh Reportedly Obtained $4.3M Settlement in Housekeeper's Death
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Alex Murdaugh is officially at the center of a state investigation. The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced Monday that it has opened a probe into Murdaugh, 53, just days after the legal scion was ousted from his firm over allegations of theft and placed in rehab for drug dependency. In a statement to The Daily Beast, the top law enforcement agency in the state confirmed the criminal investigation into Murdaugh is based on allegations that the father-of-two misappropriated funds from his family’s law firm, Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick (PMPED).“I continue to urge the public to be patient and let this investigation take its course.
Alex Murdaugh, a South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death, reportedly obtained a $4.3 million settlement in the death of his housekeeper in his home, according to a lawyer for the housekeeper's family, the Associated Press said.
The Murdaugh family's housekeeper and nanny, Gloria Satterfield, died in February 2018 after tripping over the family dog, a lawyer for her sons told reporters.
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The descendant of a prominent legal dynasty is accused of misappropriating fees from the law firm his great-grandfather started more than a century agoThe state's highest law enforcement agency opened the investigation "based upon allegations that he misappropriated funds in connection to his position as a former lawyer with the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick (PMPED) law firm in Hampton, South Carolina," it said in a statement.
At the funeral, Murdaugh persuaded Satterfield's sons to hire Corey Fleming as their lawyer for a wrongful death settlement with his insurance company, the AP said. Murdaugh did not disclose that Fleming was a longtime friend, an old college roommate and godfather to at least one of Murdaugh's sons.
Attorney Eric Bland said there were two settlements in the case, according to the AP. One, which Murdaugh and Fleming arranged, was for $505,000 and appeared in public court records, but Satterfield's sons have not seen any of the money, Bland said. A second settlement, for $4.3 million, was with a different insurer and was never revealed to the sons or placed in the public court docket.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
Death of Murdaugh housekeeper who fell in home yields criminal investigation
Alex Murdaugh's legal woes continued when the family of a former housekeeper filed a lawsuit accusing him and others of failing to pay a wrongful death settlement.A spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said the death of Gloria Satterfield has prompted a review following a request from the Hampton County coroner and based on "information gathered" during a separate investigation involving Alex Murdaugh, the legal scion whose wife and son were fatally shot in June.
Murdaugh also tried to convince a friend of his son to use the same lawyer again without revealing their friendship as investigators tried to sort out who was driving a boat in a 2019 fatal crash, according to a lawsuit filed this week. Murdaugh's son would eventually be charged.
That son, Paul Murdaugh, was killed along with his mother, Maggie, in an unsolved shooting at the family's home in June. Since the deaths, state police have started a half-dozen investigations into the Murdaugh family.
Alex Murdaugh remains in out-of-state drug rehab, which he entered shortly before being charged with insurance fraud and filing a false police report for trying to arrange his own death on September 4 so his surviving son could collect his $10 million life insurance policy. Authorities said the shot from a hitman only grazed Murdaugh, leaving him able to call 911.
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First his son faced criminal charges over a fatal boating accident. Then his wife and the same son were murdered outside a family estate. Then he reported being shot in the head while dealing with a busted tire—before announcing he was going to rehab for a drug addiction and facing accusations of misusing funds from his own law firm. Oh, and authorities decided to investigate the death of a housekeeper on his property years ago. Now, AlexThen his wife and the same son were murdered outside a family estate.
This week's revelations surrounding Murdaugh involved two lawsuits that said he tried to manipulate the legal system—one to prevent his housekeeper's sons from collecting on her insurance policy and a second to try to prevent criminal trouble for his son in the boat crash.
Bland said he is turning the information over to the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating Satterfield's death after a coroner said the accidental death was never reported to her office.
Fleming did not respond to an email or phone message. Murdaugh's lawyers have not commented about Satterfield's death or other lawsuits.
Fleming is also prominent in a lawsuit by Connor Cook, who was in a boat that crashed in 2019, killing a 19-year-old woman.
The night of the crash, investigators were not sure if Cook or Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat. Alex Murdaugh approached Cook in the hallway of a hospital as he headed to get his jaw X-rayed and told him everything would be all right if he would "keep his mouth shut," according to Cook's lawsuit.
Alex Murdaugh then encouraged Cook to hire Fleming as his attorney without revealing their relationship, the lawsuit said.
‘He Is Not A Man of Significant Means Anymore’: Suspended S.C. Attorney Alex Murdaugh Pleads Poverty at South Carolina Bond Hearing
Suspended South Carolina attorney Richard "Alex" Murdaugh appeared in court for the first time to face charges that he asked a former client to kill him. The post ‘He Is Not A Man of Significant Means Anymore’: Suspended S.C. Attorney Alex Murdaugh Pleads Poverty at South Carolina Bond Hearing first appeared on Law & Crime.Suspended South Carolina attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh appeared in court Thursday afternoon for the first time to face charges connected to what authorities say was an admitted plot to end his own life by asking a former client to kill him. By ending his own life, Murdaugh hoped his son would obtain the proceeds of a $10 million life insurance policy.
Fleming became Cook's lawyer and told him not to talk to investigators and that set him up to be falsely identified as the driver of the boat, the suit said.
It was not until Cook hired a new lawyer and spoke to prosecutors that Paul Murdaugh was charged with boating under the influence causing death, a charged pending when he was killed.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating whether Alex Murdaugh or other friends or family members tried to obstruct the investigation into the boat crash as well as the questions surrounding Satterfield's death. They also are seeing if the family was involved in a 2015 hit-and-run, unraveling the shooting of Murdaugh this month on a lonely highway and looking into millions of dollars missing from the law firm that fired Murdaugh earlier this month.
All those investigations started after the June 7 deaths of Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, Maggie, 52. Investigators have released few details about the killings beyond the fact that both were shot several times outside their Colleton County home, likely dying less than an hour after Alex Murdaugh said he came home and discovered their bodies.
In Murdaugh family scandal, tiny South Carolina town shaken .
HAMPTON, S.C. (AP) — Ask any of the 2,600 residents in this South Carolina town whether they know Alex Murdaugh, and you’ll probably get a quick nod. Nearly everyone does in Hampton, a tiny place where every road in has just two lanes. Ask them to tell you about Murdaugh, though, and you’ll get a firm head shake, followed by: “You're not going to quote me, are you?” No one wants to talk about the influential lawyer whose wife and son were killed and who’s now accused in a string of controversies — at least, not in the open.