Alex Murdaugh coordinated with former housekeeper’s family to sue himself for insurance money and then took $3 million, affidavits say
In response to the affidavits launched Saturday by the South Carolina Enforcement Division (SLED), “Mr. Murdaugh coordinated with (Gloria) Satterfield’s household to sue himself so as to search an insurance coverage settlement with the said intent to provide the proceeds to the Satterfield household to pay for funeral bills and financial compensation for Satterfield’s youngsters.” Murdaugh deposited greater than practically $3 million into an account he owned, the affidavits stated.
In an e-mail to CNN, Bland disputed SLED’s assertion.
“These have been reputable claims that have been introduced in reference to Gloria Satterfield’s demise,” he wrote.
Satterfield died, he wrote, after Murdaugh’s 4 canines tripped her, and her property made an “applicable negligence declare.”
“The declare was not fabricated and Alex appropriately referred them to an lawyer,” he wrote. “The property was unaware of the extraordinarily shut relationship although between (Cory) Fleming and Alex Mudaugh which was not totally disclosed.”
“He deeply regrets that his actions have distracted from the efforts to unravel their murders,” the assertion stated.
The investigation into Satterfield’s demise follows months of authorized and private challenges for Murdaugh.
Murdaugh’s taking pictures got here lower than three months after he known as authorities to report he discovered his spouse and youngest son shot lifeless at their house.
The affidavits launched Saturday describes what authorities say occurred after Satterfield’s demise. Murdaugh advisable an lawyer to the household, and that lawyer brokered insurance coverage settlements of roughly $4.3 million, one affidavit stated.
A settlement settlement stipulated that $2,765,000 was for the Satterfield household, the affidavit stated.
“The Satterfield household have been by no means notified of the settlement nor acquired any of the proceeds from them, and the settlement settlement was not correctly filed within the court docket report,” the affidavit stated.
Murdaugh directed the lawyer to write down a test to a checking account created and owned by Murdaugh titled “Forge,” so as “to deprive the Satterfield household of insurance coverage settlements owed to them by changing the $2,961,911.95 to Mr. Murdaugh’s personal use,” in line with the affidavit. He had beforehand deposited $403,500 to the identical account as a part of a preliminary settlement settlement, in line with a second affidavit.
Whereas there’s a reputable firm known as Forge Consulting LLC that handles insurance coverage settlements, it’s not affiliated with the Satterfield settlement nor the “Forge” account owned by Murdaugh, the affidavit stated.
“Mr. Murdaugh titled the account ‘Forge’ as a misrepresentation so as to conceal misappropriation of the funds in query,” the affidavit added.
After Murdaugh waived his extradition listening to on Friday, South Carolina Lawyer Basic Alan Wilson introduced Murdaugh’s bond listening to on a cost of acquiring property by false pretenses will happen Tuesday on the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia.
CNN’s Jason Hanna and Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.