Alex Murdaugh ARRESTED leaving rehab for ‘transferring $4.3 million settlement in housekeeper’s death’
BREAKING NEWS: Alex Murdaugh has been ARRESTED on his release from Florida rehab for ‘transferring a $4.3 million settlement for the sons of his housekeeper who died during a mysterious trip in 2018 and fell at his home’
- Murdaugh was taken into custody by officers Thursday morning after leaving rehab in Orlando, Florida
- He faces two felony counts of obtaining property through false pretenses
- The legal scion was also charged last month for a failed hit man
- He is also a person of interest in the double murder of his wife and son
Alex Murdaugh has been arrested on release from Florida rehab for allegedly transferring a $4.3 million settlement for the sons of his housekeeper who died in 2012 during a mysterious “trip and fall” at his home.
Murdaugh, who was charged last month with a botched hitman and is involved in the double murder of his wife and son, was taken into custody Thursday morning by officers from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
He faces two felonies for obtaining property through false pretenses about embezzling settlement funds in the death of Gloria Satterfield, 57.
Murdaugh has been taken to Orange County Corrections where he will be held until he receives an extradition hearing to send him back to South Carolina for a bail hearing.
Alex Murdaugh formed a shell company called Forge to transfer $3.5 million of the $4.3 million settlement money intended for his housekeeper who was mysteriously murdered in his home, according to new legal documents. Murdaugh in court last month
SLED chief Mark Keel said in a statement that the arrest of the legal scion is the first step in bringing justice to all those who “have been victims of Alex Murdaugh and others.”
“Today is just another step in a long process for justice for the many victims in these investigations,” Keel said.
“I want to commend the hard work and dedication that our agents have shown over the past four months. They will continue to work tirelessly for those who have been victims of Alex Murdaugh and others.
“As I have said before, we are determined to follow the facts wherever they lead us and we will not stop until justice is served.”
The case will be prosecuted by the South Carolina Attorney General.
The legal scion was locked up in a rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, after he posted bail last month to deal with the 20-year-old opioid addiction he said left him in financial ruin.
Gloria Satterfield, 57, (pictured) was Murdaugh’s housekeeper for about 25 years when she died following a mysterious ‘trip and fall’ in the Murdaugh family in 2018
Satterfield, 57, had been Murdaugh’s housekeeper and nanny for about 25 years when she died following a mysterious ‘trip and fall’ at the Murdaugh home in February 2018.
Satterfield was found bleeding by Murdaugh’s wife Maggie on the doorstep of the family home and the family said she had tripped over their dogs. She died weeks later.
The 57-year-old’s death was not reported to the coroner at the time and no autopsy was performed.
The death certificate lists the manner of death as “natural” – something that is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip-and-fail accident.
This does not match the information documented in the wrongful death case stating that she died as a result of injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident, in Hampton County.
Murdaugh then allegedly defrauded the Satterfield family from a $4.3 million tort settlement — which they said they had not received a cent.
Last week, new legal documents alleged that Murdaugh set up a bogus company called Forge to transfer $3.5 million of the settlement money when it was paid out by his insurance companies.
The civil suit filed by Satterfield’s sons Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriott said the payouts were being forwarded to what was essentially a post office box in Hampton rather than them.
Two other defendants were named in the civil suit — Murdaugh’s longtime roommate Cory Fleming, who was acting as an attorney on behalf of Satterfield’s families, and Chad Westendorf, vice president of Palmetto State Bank who took over the sons as personal representative of their mother’s estate.
Fleming was suspended Friday, but insists he was also the victim of Murdaugh’s deception.