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

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Alex Murdaugh is ARRESTED on leaving rehab for ‘syphoning .3M settlement in housekeeper’s dying’
Alex Murdaugh is ARRESTED on leaving rehab for ‘syphoning .3M settlement in housekeeper’s dying’


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 residence in 2018.

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 Orlando by brokers with the South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement.

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

He’s being held in Orange County Correctional Facility close to Orlando forward of his extradition again to South Carolina.

Cops in Florida have but to say when Murdaugh will face an extradition listening to, however Murdaugh’s legal professionals say they anticipate him to look earlier than a bond listening to in Beaufort County, South Carolina, on Friday on the most recent prices. 

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 residence again in 2018

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

As a substitute, civil courtroom paperwork filed by Satterfield’s sons final week claimed Murdaugh syphoned off $3.5 million of the insurance coverage payout to his personal shell firm known as Forge – which was really a PO Field in Hampton, South Carolina. 

The rest of the $4.3 million settlement is claimed to have been spent on authorized charges.  

Murdaugh, a scion of a strong authorized dynasty, has additionally been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from his regulation agency Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED) to assist fund a 20-year opioid dependancy that has left him in monetary spoil.

He had been holed up in a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, for the final month after posting bond on prices that he paid good friend Curtis Edward Smith, 61, to shoot him within the head and kill him for a multi-million-dollar insurance coverage windfall. 

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

Satterfield’s household celebrated the information of Murdaugh’s arrest Thursday, saying: ‘The underside line is nobody is above the regulation.’ 

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

‘At present is merely another step in a protracted course of for justice for the various victims in these investigations,’ mentioned Keel. 

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

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

‘As I’ve mentioned beforehand, we’re dedicated to following the info wherever they might 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.’ 

Nonetheless, Murdaugh’s arrest comes virtually precisely 4 months to the day that his son Paul and spouse Maggie had been discovered shot lifeless on the household searching lodge in South Carolina. 

On the time, Paul was awaiting trial for the 2019 dying of 19-year-old Mallory Seaside, who was killed as a passenger in a ship he crashed whereas allegedly drunk driving. 

No arrests have ever been made and no suspects or individuals of curiosity named over their murders. 

Murdaugh’s lawyer lastly admitted Wednesday that he’s an individual of curiosity of 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 within the head 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 known as Forge the identical day a settlement was reached over Satterfield’s dying, 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 in order that his surviving son Buster might obtain a $10 million life insurance coverage payout.   

This got here after SLED additionally reopened the investigation into the 2015 dying of homosexual teen Stephen Smith. 

The teenager’s dying 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 car.

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

Final month, cops additionally opened an investigation into Satterfield’s dying.  

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 residence again in February 2018. 

Satterfield was discovered by Murdaugh’s spouse Maggie on the entrance steps of the household residence bleeding and the household mentioned she had tripped over their canine. 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 had 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 his or her murders 

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

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

This doesn’t match the knowledge documented within the wrongful dying 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 dying settlement – which they mentioned they’d not acquired a dime of.

Final week, new authorized paperwork claimed Murdaugh arrange a faux agency known as Forge to syphon off $3.5 million of the settlement cash 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 had been redirected to what was primarily a PO Field in Hampton as a substitute of to them.

Two different defendants had been named within 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 Financial institution 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

Courtroom 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 known as Forge. It additionally claims Murdaugh’s shut good friend lawyer Corey Fleming (proper) and banker with Palmetto State Financial institution Chad Westendorf (left) had been concerned within 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 acquired 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 very same 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.  

In the meantime, Westendorf returned his Private Illustration charge of $30,000 to the Satterfield property Tuesday.  

The brand new movement offered particulars of how two giant payouts from two separate insurers had been allegedly redirected to Murdaugh and known 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 coverage Firm – 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.  

Satterfield’s sons had been allegedly stored at nighttime about each the settlements and courtroom conferences, weren’t invited to any mediations and acquired 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 a further settlement from Nautilus Insurance coverage Firm 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)

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

Minus authorized charges and bills, Satterfield’s household had been entitled to $2.765 million in a settlement which was permitted by Decide Mullen on Might 13. The examine above reveals Fleming despatched a examine for $2.96 million to Forge that day

In line with 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 within the wrongful dying go well with for $505,000 whereas reserving the precise to pursue ‘extra insurance coverage protection that’s relevant to this matter.’

Satterfield’s sons consider 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 Decide Carmen Mullen however, the sons declare, they had been by no means advised something about it. 

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

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

In line with the go well with, an organization in Atlanta, Georgia, shares this identify however the truth is this examine was despatched to a PO Field deal with 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 premise that an settlement had been reached by all events. The following day – October 6 – Fleming wrote a examine to Forge for $168,000 (above)

In March 2019, Fleming then secured a further settlement from Nautilus Insurance coverage Firm 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.

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

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

Minus authorized charges and bills, Satterfield’s household had been entitled to $2.765 million in a settlement which was permitted by Decide Mullen on Might 13.

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

Murdaugh in mug after his arrest over the suicide hitman plot. The charges are now racking up against the powerful attorney

Murdaugh in mug after his arrest over the suicide hitman plot. The costs at the moment are racking up in opposition to the highly effective lawyer 

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

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

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

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

Westendorf didn’t seem to pay himself for his involvement. Moderately, he ‘allowed the entire 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 complete bundle however it’s not clear the place this cash went.

The movement doesn’t counsel Mullen was concerned within the scheme and as a substitute says she too was ‘misled’ after Murdaugh and his alleged co-conspirators ‘lied to the courtroom’. 

On the similar time, hundreds of thousands of {dollars} was additionally allegedly going lacking from Murdaugh’s regulation agency PMPED, based on a separate lawsuit filed in opposition to Murdaugh by his ex-partners. 

No prices have but been introduced over this allegation however Murdaugh resigned from the agency on the request of the companions.

The costs in opposition to the person who’s inheritor to a strong authorized dynasty which has dominated South Carolina for the perfect a part of a century at the moment are racking up.    

Murdaugh was charged with insurance coverage fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance coverage fraud and submitting a false report over the botched hitman plot final month.

His alleged co-conspirator Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was additionally charged over the incident and launched on bond.

Smith has claimed he was not in on the plot and was making an attempt to wrestle the gun from Murdaugh when it went off.

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, is seen at his bond hearing last month at Hampton County Detention Center where is accused of being the co-conspirator in Murdaugh's botched hitman plot

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, is seen at his bond listening to final month at Hampton County Detention Middle the place is accused of being the co-conspirator in Murdaugh’s botched hitman plot 

Household murders, deaths, drug addictions, thefts and arrests: The riddles dealing with investigators who’ve now charged Alex Murdaugh 

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 minor Stephen Smith 

Police formally rule his dying a hit-and-run however he had suffered blunt power trauma to the top 

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 instances within 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 mates mentioned the household had ‘coated’ different killings up. 

He talked about Smith’s dying.  

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 within the household home

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

Alex Murdaugh was listed because the defendant within the lawsuit. 

Satterfield was solely 57 when she died. 

She left behind a husband and kids. 

Her dying was additionally talked about within the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s good friend.  

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

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Seaside, 19, died in February 2019 

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

He had been launched on bond.  

Different children had been on the boat however had been unhurt.

One testified that they had been scared to discuss the Murdaugh household as a result of they knew find out 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 had been discovered shot lifeless on the household residence in Hampton, South Carolina. 

Alex Murdaugh says he discovered them  on the residence. 

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) had 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 residence three days after Maggie and Paul had been discovered shot lifeless 

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

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 within the head 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 authorized scion releases a press release confirming his resignation from the agency and saying he has entered rehab 

He mentioned: ‘I am resigning from my regulation agency and coming 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 accumulate $10 million payout.

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