Alex Murdaugh is ARRESTED on leaving rehab for ‘syphoning $4.3M settlement in housekeeper’s demise’

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Alex Murdaugh has been arrested on his launch from rehab in Florida for allegedly syphoning off a $4.3 million settlement meant for the sons of his housekeeper who died in a mysterious ‘journey and fall’ at his dwelling again in 2018.




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Murdaugh, who was charged final month over a botched hitman scheme and is an individual of curiosity in his spouse and son’s double homicide, was taken into custody Thursday morning in Florida by brokers with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.



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The inheritor to a strong South Carolina legal dynasty, 53, faces two felony counts of acquiring property by false pretenses over the misappropriation of settlement funds in the demise of Gloria Satterfield, 57. 

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Satterfield’s household mentioned they have not obtained a dime from a $4.3 million wrongful demise settlement settlement. 



Instead, courtroom paperwork final week claimed Murdaugh syphoned off $3.5 million of the insurance coverage payout to his personal shell firm referred to as Forge – which was really a PO Box in Hampton, South Carolina.    

Alex Murdaugh (pictured in mug Thursday) has been arrested on his release from rehab in Florida for allegedly syphoning off a $4.3 million settlement meant for the sons of his housekeeper who died in a mysterious 'trip and fall' at his home back in 2018

Alex Murdaugh (pictured in mug Thursday) has been arrested on his launch from rehab in Florida for allegedly syphoning off a $4.3 million settlement meant for the sons of his housekeeper who died in a mysterious ‘journey and fall’ at his dwelling again in 2018

Gloria Satterfield, 57, (pictured) had been the Murdaugh housekeeper for around 25 years when she died following a mystery 'trip and fall' inside the Murdaugh family in 2018

Gloria Satterfield, 57, (pictured) had been the Murdaugh housekeeper for round 25 years when she died following a thriller ‘journey and fall’ contained in the Murdaugh household in 2018

Murdaugh has been taken to Orange County Corrections the place he might be held till he receives an extradition listening to to ship him again to South Carolina for a bond listening to. 

SLED Chief Mark Keel mentioned in a press release that the legal scion’s arrest marks step one in bringing justice for all those that have been ‘victimized by Alex Murdaugh and others.’

‘Today is merely yet another step in a protracted course of for justice for the numerous victims in these investigations,’ mentioned Keel. 

‘I need to commend the exhausting work and dedication that our brokers have proven over the past 4 months. 

‘They will proceed to work tirelessly on behalf of those that have been victimized by Alex Murdaugh and others.

‘As I’ve mentioned beforehand, we’re dedicated to following the information wherever they could lead us and we is not going to cease till justice is served.’ 

Keel didn’t go into element about what he meant by ‘these investigations’ over the past ‘4 months.’ 

However, it is nearly precisely 4 months to the day that Murdaugh’s son Paul and spouse Maggie have been discovered shot lifeless on the household searching lodge in South Carolina.

No arrests have been made and no suspects or individuals of curiosity named. 

Murdaugh’s lawyer lastly admitted Wednesday that Murdaugh is an individual of curiosity in their slayings. 

Since their murders, the SLED has launched a number of different investigations tied to Murdaugh and his household. 

An investigation was launched final month after Murdaugh was shot in the pinnacle by the aspect of a highway in Hampton County. 

Minus legal fees and expenses, Satterfield's family were entitled to $2.765 million in a settlement which was approved by Judge Mullen on May 13. The check above reveals Fleming sent a check for $2.96 million to Forge that day

The examine for $2.96 million above was paid to Murdaugh’s shell firm referred to as Forge the identical day a settlement was reached over Satterfield’s demise, courtroom paperwork ckaim 

Murdaugh in court last month over his botched plot to hire a hitman to kill him for an insurance windfall

Murdaugh in courtroom final month over his botched plot to rent a hitman to kill him for an insurance coverage windfall 

Murdaugh was arrested and charged over the incident days later after he confessed to cops that he paid an confederate to shoot and kill him for a multi-million-dollar life insurance coverage windfall. 

Last month, cops additionally opened an investigation into Satterfield’s demise in February 2018. 

SLED additionally reopened the investigation into the 2015 demise of homosexual teen Stephen Smith. 

The teen’s demise was dominated a hit-and-run, although no suspects have ever been named or charged and there was no proof he was struck by a automobile.

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Stephen was a classmate of Murdaugh’s surviving son Buster and there have been rumors reported on the time that he was in a relationship with him. 

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The legal scion had been holed up in a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, after posting bond final month to sort out the 20-year opioid dependancy that he mentioned has left him in monetary spoil.    

Satterfield, 57, had been the Murdaugh housekeeper and nanny for round 25 years when she died following a ‘journey and fall’ contained in the Murdaugh household dwelling again in February 2018. 

Satterfield was discovered by Murdaugh’s spouse Maggie on the entrance steps of the household dwelling bleeding and the household mentioned she had tripped over their canines. She died weeks later.  

Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdaugh. Murdaugh's wife Maggie and son Paul were found shot dead at the family's hunting lodge in a horrific double murder four months ago

Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex Murdaugh. Murdaugh’s spouse Maggie and son Paul have been discovered shot lifeless on the household’s searching lodge in a horrific double homicide 4 months in the past 

Buster (center) is hugged at the funeral for his mom and brother back on June 11. No arrests have been made for their murders

Buster (heart) is hugged on the funeral for his mother and brother again on June 11. No arrests have been made for their murders 

The 57-year-old’s demise was not reported to the coroner on the time and no post-mortem was carried out.

The demise certificates cites the style of demise as ‘pure’ – one thing that is inconsistent with accidents sustained in a visit and fail accident.

This doesn’t match the data documented in the wrongful demise go well with which mentioned she died as a ‘results of accidents sustained in a visit and fall accident, in Hampton County’.   

Murdaugh allegedly then defrauded the Satterfield household out of a $4.3 million wrongful demise settlement – which they mentioned they’d not obtained a dime of.

Last week, new legal paperwork claimed Murdaugh arrange a faux agency referred to as Forge to syphon off $3.5 million of the settlement money when it was paid out by his insurance coverage companies.

A movement, filed October 5 by Satterfield’s sons Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriott, mentioned the payouts have been redirected to what was primarily a PO Box in Hampton as an alternative of to them.

Two different defendants have been named in the civil go well with – Murdaugh’s outdated school roommate Cory Fleming, who acted as a lawyer on behalf of Satterfield’s households, and Chad Westendorf, Vice President of Palmetto State Bank who took over the sons as private consultant of their mother’s property at Murdaugh’s obvious encouragement. 

Palmetto State Bank banker Chad Westendorf who became the personal representative of the Satterfield estate

Murdaugh's close friend Corey Fleming who became the Satterfield's attorney

Court paperwork final week claimed Murdaugh syphoned off $3.5 million of the $4.3 million insurance coverage payout of Satterfield’s household to his personal shell firm referred to as Forge. It additionally claims Murdaugh’s shut good friend lawyer Corey Fleming (proper) and banker with Palmetto State Bank Chad Westendorf (left) have been concerned in the scheme 

On January 7 2019, Fleming allegedly received a $505,000 check from Lloyd's Underwriters - one of the insurance firms Murdaugh had a policy with. The check is pictured above

On January 7 2019, Fleming allegedly obtained a $505,000 examine from Lloyd’s Underwriters – one of many insurance coverage companies Murdaugh had a coverage with. The examine is pictured above

That same day, Fleming allegedly wrote a check for $403,500 to Murdaugh's shell account Forge (seen above)

That similar day, Fleming allegedly wrote a examine for $403,500 to Murdaugh’s shell account Forge (seen above)

Fleming had his regulation license suspended Friday however has insisted he was additionally a sufferer of Murdaugh’s deceit. 

He reached an undisclosed settlement with Satterfield’s household earlier this month.  

Meanwhile, Westendorf returned his Personal Representation payment of $30,000 to the Satterfield property Tuesday.  

The new movement offered particulars of how two massive payouts from two separate insurers have been allegedly redirected to Murdaugh and referred to as for the disgraced lawyer and his alleged co-conspirators to be held in contempt of courtroom for violating the orders approving the settlement. 

Murdaugh, Fleming and Westendorf are accused of negotiating $4.3 million in payouts from Lloyd’s Underwriters and Nautilus Insurance Company – two insurance coverage firms with which Murdaugh held insurance policies.

They then allegedly despatched greater than $3.5 million of the funds to Murdaugh’s shell firm Forge.  

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Satterfield’s sons have been allegedly stored in the darkish about each the settlements and courtroom conferences, weren’t invited to any mediations and obtained zero funds. 

In March 2019, Fleming then secured an additional settlement from Nautilus Insurance Company to the tune of $3.8 million. The check was made payable to Westendorf as the estate representative and Fleming's law firm on April 18 (check seen above)

In March 2019, Fleming then secured an extra settlement from Nautilus Insurance Company to the tune of $3.8 million. The examine was made payable to Westendorf because the property consultant and Fleming’s regulation agency on April 18 (examine seen above)

According to the 69-page movement, Westendorf was appointed as the brand new private consultant of Satterfield’s property on December 18 2018 – changing her son Tony.

The very subsequent day, Fleming filed a petition to get courtroom permission to entry a partial settlement in the wrongful demise go well with for $505,000 whereas reserving the suitable to pursue ‘further insurance coverage protection that is relevant to this matter.’

Satterfield’s sons imagine this settlement was agreed previous to the change in fingers between Tony and Westendorf.

A examine for this settlement was dated for December 4 2018 – two weeks previous to Westendorf’s appointment.

This partial settlement was permitted by Judge Carmen Mullen however, the sons declare, they have been by no means instructed something about it. 

On January 7 2019, Fleming then allegedly obtained a $505,000 examine from Lloyd’s Underwriters. 

That similar day, Fleming allegedly wrote a examine for $403,500 to Murdaugh’s shell account Forge.

According to the go well with, an organization in Atlanta, Georgia, shares this identify however in truth this examine was despatched to a PO Box tackle in Hampton at Murdaugh’s request.

On October 5 2020, Fleming and Murdaugh filed for a dismissal of the settlement which Mullen approved - on the basis that an agreement had been reached by all parties. The next day - October 6 - Fleming wrote a check to Forge for $168,000 (above)

On October 5 2020, Fleming and Murdaugh filed for a dismissal of the settlement which Mullen permitted – on the idea that an settlement had been reached by all events. The subsequent day – October 6 – Fleming wrote a examine to Forge for $168,000 (above)

In March 2019, Fleming then secured an extra settlement from Nautilus Insurance Company to the tune of $3.8 million – which Satterfield’s sons once more declare they’d no information of.

Westendorf signed a conditional launch which stipulated the funds could be paid on to him in April 2019.

Documents included in the movement reveal the examine was made payable to Westendorf because the property consultant and Fleming’s regulation agency on April 18.

In whole, the 2 insurance coverage firms had paid out $4.305 million.

Minus legal charges and bills, Satterfield’s household have been entitled to $2.765 million in a settlement which was permitted by Judge Mullen on May 13.

A examine submitted with the movement reveals Fleming despatched a examine for $2.96 million to Forge that exact same day.

Then, on October 5 2020, Fleming and Murdaugh filed for a dismissal of the settlement which Mullen permitted – on the idea that an settlement had been reached by all events.

The subsequent day – October 6 – Fleming wrote a examine to Forge for $168,000.

Fleming additionally paid himself $666,000 in legal charges.

He was awarded $1.435 million in charges – $168,333 in the Lloyd’s payout and $1.27 million in the Nautilus deal – however allegedly paid the rest to Murdaugh.

Westendorf didn’t seem to pay himself for his involvement. Rather, he ‘allowed all the settlement proceeds to be misapplied by Fleming and Murdaugh.’

The settlement assertion signed by Westendorf additionally lists prosecution bills of $105,000 deducted from the $4.3 million whole package deal however it is not clear the place this money went.

The movement doesn’t recommend Mullen was concerned in the scheme and as an alternative says she too was ‘misled’ after Murdaugh and his alleged co-conspirators ‘lied to the courtroom’. 

At the identical time, thousands and thousands of {dollars} was additionally allegedly going lacking from Murdaugh’s regulation agency Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED), in line with a separate lawsuit filed in opposition to Murdaugh by his ex-partners. 

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2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies

Smith was discovered on the aspect of the highway. 

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith (above)

Cops investigating the double homicide have additionally reopened the case right into a 2015 hit-and-run of sweet sixteen Stephen Smith 

Police formally rule his demise a hit-and-run however he had suffered blunt drive trauma to the pinnacle 

His mom has since shared her perception that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime as a result of he was homosexual 

Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named a number of occasions in the investigation. 

Police wished to know extra about his relationship with Stephen 

Stephen’s mom mentioned he had been having a ‘fling’. 

In a deposition years later, one among Paul’s associates mentioned the household had ‘coated’ different killings up. 

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He talked about Smith’s demise.  

2018: Murdaugh household housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Murdaugh household housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the steps in the household home

The household gave her household $500.000 in a wrongful demise settlement however it’s unclear why her demise was dominated to be their fault. 

Alex Murdaugh was listed because the defendant in the lawsuit. 

Satterfield was solely 57 when she died. 

She left behind a husband and youngsters. 

Her demise was additionally talked about in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s good friend.  

2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat pushed by Paul Murdaugh

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019 

Paul was charged afterwards as a result of he’d been ingesting and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that evening. 

He had been launched on bond.  

Other youngsters have been on the boat however have been unhurt.

One testified that they have been scared to talk about the Murdaugh household as a result of they knew learn how to ‘cowl issues up’. 

That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her 

June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered 

The mother and son have been discovered shot lifeless on the household dwelling in Hampton, South Carolina. 

Alex Murdaugh says he discovered them  on the dwelling. 

The medical expert mentioned the pair had been lifeless for an hour at most when he found them.  

Paul, 22

Margaret, 52

Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and spouse Maggie, 52, (proper) have been discovered lifeless from a number of gunshot wounds on June 7 on the household searching lodge 

Alex's father Randolph Murdaugh III died 'peacefully' at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead

Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at dwelling three days after Maggie and Paul have been discovered shot lifeless 

June 10 2021:  Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at dwelling

September 3: Alex resigns from his regulation agency amid claims he misused funds

The agency has employed a forensic investigator to undergo the accounts 

September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he is been shot in the pinnacle in a drive-by. 

He solely had ‘floor’ wounds and was additionally in a position to name his brother

September 6: Alex resigns from his regulation agency

The South Carolina legal scion releases a press release confirming his resignation from the agency and saying he has entered rehab 

He mentioned: ‘I’m resigning from my regulation agency and getting into rehab after a protracted battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’ 

September 16: Alex turns himself into police over insurance coverage fraud scheme

Murdaugh handed himself over to cops in connection to insurance coverage fraud scheme the place he organized his personal killing in order that his surviving son might acquire $10 million payout.

He faces prices of insurance coverage fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud and submitting a false police report.  



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