South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdow, who has endured a dramatic dip since his wife and son were shot dead in an unresolved murder in June, was arrested Thursday for millions of dollars from the son of a former housekeeper. He was charged with defrauding.
Murdo, 53, was detained at a drug rehabilitation facility in Orlando, Florida, and charged with two charges of pretending to be false and acquiring property. A felony can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. He was put in a prison in Orlando.
The allegations are a settlement between Mr. Murdo and his insurance company, Gloria Satterfield, the son of a housekeeper who died in 2018 after falling down the stairs in front of a rural house in the Murdo family in Islandton, South Carolina. It has its origins in. Murdo introduced her two sons to a lawyer he promised to help them, the sons alleged in a recent proceeding, but he is a close friend and former college roommate of lawyer Corey Fleming. Did not reveal that.
Fleming eventually negotiated a settlement with Murdo, under which $ 2.8 million would be paid to Satterfield’s sons Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriot. However, the sons said in a recent proceeding that they had not been informed of the settlement and had not received any money. Instead, according to their proceedings, Mr. Madau instructed Mr. Fleming to send money and, on the surface, to establish a fund for Mr. Satterfield’s adult son. According to the lawsuit, the money was transferred to Mr. Murdo’s personal bank account.
South Carolina Law Enforcement also raised questions about the fact that her death was due to a natural cause and there was no autopsy, despite the fall of a coroner in Hampton County, South Carolina. An investigation into the death situation of Mr. Satterfield has begun. Satterfield suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died in the hospital a few weeks after the fall.
Mr Fleming claimed he was unaware that the money had not been sent to his sons, but admitted that he had mishandled the case. His legal license was suspended and his name was removed from his company title.
Two lawyers, Eric S. Brand and Ronnie Richter, who now represent Satterfield’s son, said Thursday that it was a “bittersweet day” for the family.
“We are dealing with the betrayal of trust,” Satterfield’s relatives said, “the death of their loved one was used as a means of enriching others over their clients,” the lawyer said.
The recent arrest is the second criminal accusation against Mr. Murdo, a descendant of the South Carolina Lowcountry dynasty, dating back more than a century.
Last month, a law firm related to Mr. Madau’s family, named PMPED after his partner’s initials, called on him to resign after reporting that he had stolen millions of dollars from the company and customers. ..
On September 4, Murdo took one of his cousins, Curtis Edward Smith, to the side of the road and asked him to kill him so that his death was considered a murder rather than a suicide. A round of criminal accusations filed against him. Murdaugh acknowledged the attempt. His lawyer said he feared that his eldest son, Richard “Buster” Murdau, would not be able to raise his $ 10 million life insurance policy if his death was determined to be suicide. ..
Mr Murdo survived the shooting with a small head wound. Smith denied triggering, saying the gun had disappeared when Murdo tried to stop shooting himself.
In that case, Mr Murdo was charged with insurance fraud and filing a false police report. Smith was charged with attempting to support Murdo’s suicide and other gun charges, but he denied all of them.
Mr Murdo’s lawyer said in a statement that he was likely to be returned to South Carolina and appear before the judge for a hearing on Friday.
“Alex intends to cooperate fully with the investigation into the murder of his wife and son,” said lawyers Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin. “I deeply regret that his actions have distracted me from efforts to resolve their murder.”
The murder of Murdo’s wife Maggie (52) and her second son Paul (22) remains unresolved. Both were shot dead, and in June Murdo found the body near his family’s kennel next to his home.
At the time of his death, Paul Murdo, a student at the University of South Carolina, was accused of smashing a boat into a bridge and killing Mallory Beach, one of the five passengers thrown out of the boat. Was there.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Secretary Mark Kiel said Thursday that Murdo’s arrest was “just another step in the long process for the justice of many victims in these investigations.”
He said the agent “will continue to work tirelessly for the victims of Alex Murdo and others.”