14 October (NWN) — Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdog was arrested and charged Thursday with wrongful settlement funds for the heirs of his deceased former housekeeper.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Murdoff was arrested upon release from a drug rehabilitation facility in Orlando, Fla., and was charged with two felony counts of obtaining property under false pretenses in connection with the death of Gloria Satterfield.
Satterfield, the homeowner of Murdaugh’s family, died three years ago in what was initially thought to be an accidental fall, but authorities have now opened a criminal investigation into the matter. The housekeeper’s heirs say they have not received any proceeds from the $4.3 million settlement agreed upon by their former employer.
Murdog’s arrest was his second arrest in a month. On September 16, the lawyer surrenders himself to the authorities in connection with a bizarre plan to arrange his murder so that his son can get a $10 million insurance policy.
Authorities also considered him a “person of interest” in the deaths of his wife, Margaret, and son, Paul, one of his lawyers told NBC News, while insisting that his client was not involved.
“These investigations today are just one more step in the long process of justice for the many victims,” Mark Keel, chief of the South Carolina law enforcement division, said in a statement. “I want to commend the hard work and dedication of our agents over the past four months. They will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of those who were victimized by Alex Murdaugh and others.
‘As I have said before, we are committed to following the facts wherever they may take us and we will not stop until justice is served.
Agency said It launched an investigation into Saterfield’s death based on information gathered “in the course of our other ongoing investigation involving Alex Murdoff” at a request from Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper.
Satterfield is believed to have died of a fall but an autopsy was never completed. Topper requested assistance in a wrongful death settlement case between Murdoff and Satterfield’s children, saying that Satterfield’s injuries appeared to be inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.
In the “suicide-for-hire” plot, police accuse Murdaugh of hiring 61-year-old Curtis Edward Smith to kill him so his surviving son can collect on a $10 million insurance policy.
Murdoff received superficial wounds on September 4 after being shot in the head, while Smith was charged with suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing to and serving a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. had to face.
One of Murdoff’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian, said that his client suffered from opioid addiction, became depressed and wanted to kill himself, but believed that his insurance policy would cover him if he took his own life. will not be paid.