Crime Alex Murdaugh Now Charged in Dead Housekeeper’s Missing Settlement Money
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.
South Carolina legal scionfaces criminal charges—again.
The 53-year-old lawyer already accused of orchestrating his own murder for an insurance payout has been criminally charged in connection with millions of “misappropriated settlement funds” in the death of his former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, authorities announced Thursday.
He was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses after being released from his drug facility in Orlando, Florida.
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.
“Today is merely one more step in a long process for justice for the many victims in these investigations. I want to commend the hard work and dedication that our agents have shown over the last four months,” South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said in a statement announcing the charges. “They will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of those who were victimized by Alex Murdaugh and others. 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.”
Eric Bland, the attorney for the housekeeper’s two sons, said in a statement to The Daily Beast that the news of Murdaugh’s arrest marked “a bittersweet day” for his clients.
“Avarice and betrayal of trust are at the heart of this matter. Lawsuits and claims are not vehicles for lawyers, defendants and/or friends to enrich themselves at the expense of their clients,” Bland added.
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.
The charges mark the latest in a twisted legal saga surrounding the once powerful legal dynasty. In the last month, Murdaugh has been ousted from hiss of his wife and son, and admitted to a decades-long addiction to opioids.
Video: Alex Murdaugh shooting: Arrest made in case of embattled attorney who allegedly plotted scheme (The Independent)
Murdaugh has also fessed up to the shocking staging of his own murder in an attempt to leave a $10 million life insurance payout to his remaining son, Buster, after initially telling police he was attacked by a stranger.
The elaborate scheme came just three months after Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul were found murdered outside their Hampton County estate. At the time, Paul was facing charges for a 2019 boat crash that killed a teenage girl.
S.C. Supreme Court Suspends Law License of Murdaugh College Roommate and Friend Cory Fleming
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Friday suspended the law license of an attorney connected to the many woes and ailments of the Murdaugh legal dynasty. The post S.C. Supreme Court Suspends Law License of Murdaugh College Roommate and Friend Cory Fleming first appeared on Law & Crime.The South Carolina Supreme Court on Friday suspended the law license of an attorney connected to the many woes and ailments of the Murdaugh legal dynasty.
The former high-powered lawyer also has been implicated in a series of lawsuits, ranging from allegations he conspired toto claims he swindled millions from Satterfield’s wrongful death lawsuit meant for her sons.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Satterfield’s sons alleges that after the housekeeper, her estate was supposed to receive at least $4.3 million as part of a settlement from the scion’s insurance company. But, Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriot have yet to receive a dime of the court-approved 2019 settlement money, which Murdaugh has been accused of diverting to a fake bank account.
“Since early September the families are dealing with the betrayal of trust and that their loved one’s death was used as a vehicle to enrich others over the clients,” Bland said Thursday. “Nonetheless, the families and lawyers would like to thank the public for the continued support and assistance it has given to solve these ugly crimes. It is not over. A very good start to holding everyone accountable who either participated knowingly or breached their duties. The bottom line is no one is above the law.”
Alex Murdaugh denied bond in alleged theft of housekeeper's settlement funds
A judge ordered Murdaugh to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine his current mental state.Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman ordered Murdaugh to undergo a psychiatric evaluation following concerns he presents a potential danger to himself and the community. Murdaugh had already been out on another $20,000 personal recognizance bond in September and was allowed to continue treatment at an out-of-state drug detox center for opioid addiction.
Satterfield’s sons also allege that Murdaugh encouraged them to use Cory Fleming as their lawyer—without disclosing that the attorney was his college roommate and best friend. Fleminginto his involvement in the Satterfield settlement, and has admitted he made “material mistakes” while representing the housekeeper’s sons.
“When it came time to disburse the settlement funds, Mr. Fleming trusted his close friend and colleague to deal with him truthfully and honorably, only to be misled and deceived in one of the worst possible ways for a lawyer: Alex Murdaugh lied to Mr. Fleming to steal client funds,” Fleming said in a statement last week.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which was initially described in a wrongful death settlement as a “trip and fall accident.” The investigation came at the request of Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper, who said there were “inconsistencies” surrounding Satterfield’s death—including that no autopsy was ever performed.
Alex Murdaugh sued by his former law firm for allegedly stealing client funds .
Alex Murdaugh's former law firm is suing him to recover funds it alleges he stole from clients for his own personal use, according to a statement from the firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Elztroth, and Detrick released Wednesday. The firm alleges Murdaugh "developed a systematic scheme in which he diverted funds owed to the firm and to clients to a fictitious entity" for many years. Murdaugh, a once prominent South Carolina attorney, was shot in the head on a roadway September 4, but survived.