GREENVILLE, S.C. — The South Carolina State Grand Jury and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office levied 27 new criminal charges on former S.C. attorney Richard “Alex” Murdaugh on Friday morning.
The latest indictment claims Murdaugh stole over $4.8 million during the last five years. Murdaugh’s two sons are accused of stealing $3.5million. This was to be used as settlements insurance for Murdaugh’s housekeeper. His death in 2019 was due to an accident at his residence. In that case, he was already facing additional charges.
The indictments include breach of trust, obtaining property by false pretenses, money laundering, computer crimes and forgery, from charges in several South Carolina counties that span the course of several years and involve numerous alleged victims.
The State Grand Jury issued five indictments, totaling 27 counts, against suspended attorney Murdaugh. Murdaugh is charged with the following: four counts for breaching trust with fraudulent intent, seven counts for obtaining signatures or property under false pretenses, seven counts to launder money; eight computer crimes and one count in Forgery.
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Murdaugh, 53, was suspended from the practice of law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina on Sept. 8, 2021. Murdaugh, 53, was indicted previously by the Colleton County Grand Jury on charges related to a plot to defraud an insurer company. He remains at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
This State Grand Jury investigation has been led by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. This investigation was also helped by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Attorney’s Office. This case will be investigated by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
Murdaugh spokespersons and attorneys did not respond to emails seeking clarification.
Eric Bland of Gloria Satterfield lawyer said, “This Alex Murdaugh’s Black Friday.” Murdaugh, who was his housekeeper in 2018, is charged with stealing $4.3 million from her heirs.
Murdaugh is currently at the center of numerous ongoing criminal investigations by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, as well as a half dozen civil law suits.
Murdaugh dialed 911 on the evening of June 7, 2021 to inform them that Maggie and Paul had been killed and shot in an unsolved shooting. SLED opened another case of unsolved murder, this time involving Stephen Smith’s death in Hampton County in 2015.
In addition to a civil suit from Satterfield’s sons regarding allegations of stolen insurance settlements, Murdaugh is also named in a suit by his former law partners concerning allegations of misappropriated money, as well as a wrongful death suit filed in 2019 involving his boat and his son, Paul.
Contributing to The Associated Press