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Crime Murdaugh charged with taking insurance money in maid's death

18:52  14 october  2021
18:52  14 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

Judge Orders Alex Murdaugh Jailed, Demands Psychiatric Evaluation as Prosecutors Accuse Legal Scion of Stealing Millions

  Judge Orders Alex Murdaugh Jailed, Demands Psychiatric Evaluation as Prosecutors Accuse Legal Scion of Stealing Millions Disgraced South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh will remain behind bars pending trial — at least for now — on charges connected to the alleged theft of millions of dollars earmarked for the family of his former housekeeper. The post Judge Orders Alex Murdaugh Jailed, Demands Psychiatric Evaluation as Prosecutors Accuse Legal Scion of Stealing Millions first appeared on Law & Crime.Acquiescing to a request from Murdaugh’s alleged victims and not from prosecutors themselves, Judge Clifton Newman denied requests from both prosecutors and from Murdaugh’s own defense team to allow the former attorney to again remain free on some form of bond.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper, state police said Thursday.

FILE - Alex Murdaugh walks into his bond hearing Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C. For a century, the Murdaughs have quietly steered much of the legal world in this corner of the state, by running the prosecutor’s office and a large civil law firm.  Then, in June, Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul were killed at the family’s sprawling estate. Six investigations are underway, over the killings, stolen money, death coverups and a Sept. 4 shooting in which a bullet grazed Murdaugh’s head on a lonely highway. Police said he tried to arrange his own death and make sure a $10 million life insurance policy would pay off for his surviving son. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Alex Murdaugh walks into his bond hearing Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C. For a century, the Murdaughs have quietly steered much of the legal world in this corner of the state, by running the prosecutor’s office and a large civil law firm. Then, in June, Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul were killed at the family’s sprawling estate. Six investigations are underway, over the killings, stolen money, death coverups and a Sept. 4 shooting in which a bullet grazed Murdaugh’s head on a lonely highway. Police said he tried to arrange his own death and make sure a $10 million life insurance policy would pay off for his surviving son. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Alex Murdaugh was arrested at a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, where his attorneys said he has spent the past six weeks since claiming he was shot in the head on the side of a lonely road near his home, authorities said.

Alex Murdaugh Arrested AGAIN, This Time on Charges of Falsely ‘Obtaining Property’ Connected to Death of Former Housekeeper

  Alex Murdaugh Arrested AGAIN, This Time on Charges of Falsely ‘Obtaining Property’ Connected to Death of Former Housekeeper The legal heir was hauled into custody in the Orlando, Florida area on two felony counts which originated in his native South Carolina. The post Alex Murdaugh Arrested AGAIN, This Time on Charges of Falsely ‘Obtaining Property’ Connected to Death of Former Housekeeper first appeared on Law & Crime.Embattled and suspended South Carolina attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh has been arrested . . . again.

The arrest on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses involves Murdaugh's housekeeper for decades, Gloria Satterfield, the State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement.

Murdaugh told Satterfield's sons at her February 2018 funeral that he would get insurance settlements for her death and take care of them, according to a lawsuit filed by the sons.

Murdaugh managed to secure more than $4 million from his insurers, but he only told the sons about $500,000 and then never sent them a dime, the lawsuit said.

The Murdaugh family told the sons their mother tripped over the family dog and died weeks later from her lingering injuries. The death was never reported to the Hampton County coroner, who asked state police to investigate why she was not called to review what she would consider an accidental death.

Suits: Fake account with similar name key to Murdaugh scheme

  Suits: Fake account with similar name key to Murdaugh scheme COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death created a fraudulent bank account to steal money from an insurance settlement for his dead housekeeper and from his law firm, according to two lawsuits filed this week. An attorney and college friend of Alex Murdaugh said his longtime friend lied to him and misled him about how to handle the estate of Murdaugh's housekeeper, who he was told died in a fall at the family's home.

FILE - Alex Murdaugh sits during his bond hearing Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C.For a century, the Murdaughs have quietly steered much of the legal world in this corner of the state, by running the prosecutor’s office and a large civil law firm.  Then, in June, Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul were killed at the family’s sprawling estate. Six investigations are underway, over the killings, stolen money, death coverups and a Sept. 4 shooting in which a bullet grazed Murdaugh’s head on a lonely highway. Police said he tried to arrange his own death and make sure a $10 million life insurance policy would pay off for his surviving son.  (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Alex Murdaugh sits during his bond hearing Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Varnville, S.C.For a century, the Murdaughs have quietly steered much of the legal world in this corner of the state, by running the prosecutor’s office and a large civil law firm. Then, in June, Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul were killed at the family’s sprawling estate. Six investigations are underway, over the killings, stolen money, death coverups and a Sept. 4 shooting in which a bullet grazed Murdaugh’s head on a lonely highway. Police said he tried to arrange his own death and make sure a $10 million life insurance policy would pay off for his surviving son. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

Murdaugh is being held at the Orange County jail in Florida to await extradition, investigators said. His lawyers promised at a bond hearing on different charges last month that Murdaugh would return to South Carolina without a fight if charged with additional crimes.

Alex Murdaugh asks to leave jail after 5 days behind bars

  Alex Murdaugh asks to leave jail after 5 days behind bars COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawyers for prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh plan to ask a judge on Tuesday to grant bond for their client, who has spent five nights in jail following his second arrest in about a month. Murdaugh, whose wife and son were shot to death months ago in a killing that is still unresolved, stole $3.4 million of insurance money that was meant for the sons of his housekeeper, who died after falling in his home, according to sworn statements by the State Law Enforcement Division.

The deaths of Murdaugh's son and wife at their Colleton County home in June remain unsolved. Murdaugh said he found Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul, 22, shot to death after he returned home from visiting his father in the hospital, according to authorities.

State police have six investigations into Murdaugh, including the deaths and September charges against Murdaugh on insurance fraud and other counts for trying to arrange his own death so his surviving son could collect on a $10 million life insurance policy.

Murdaugh said his head was grazed by a bullet in the attempt. The man charged with firing at Murdaugh said the gun went off as he tried to prevent his friend from shooting himself.

The Thursday arrest is just another step in the long process for justice in all of the investigations, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said in a statement.

“As I have said previously, we are committed to following the facts wherever they may lead us and we will not stop until justice is served,” Keel said.

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