The young children of the housekeeper that mysteriously died at the residence of disgraced South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh have recovered $4.3 million that he allegedly pilfered from them by suing himself to gather on particular legal responsibility insurance policy.
Gloria Satterfield, 57, died in 2018 just after Murdaugh mentioned she tripped about his canines, in accordance to the now settled September lawsuit, the plaintiff’s lawyer reported. No autopsy was at any time carried out, and Hampton County authorities stated her demise was suspicious previous month.
Murdaugh, 53, told her sons he would spend them $500,000 after suing himself, and referred them to his faculty roommate, attorney Cory Fleming. The adult young children hardly ever obtained a penny of the multi-million dollar settlement, lawyers explained.
Fleming agreed to spend back all charges and fees his agency obtained from the $4.3 million recovered from the suit to Satterfield’s relatives, according to their law firm Eric Bland.
“Mr. Fleming stepped ahead and did the appropriate issue by the Estate,” Bland wrote in a press launch Sunday. “Mr. Fleming and his regulation company retain, they — like other individuals — ended up victims of Alex Murdaugh’s fraudulent plan.”
Satterfield’s little ones only realized that the settlement had been compensated out when reporters started out hunting into Murdaugh’s son Paul’s arrest for a 2019 fatal drunk boating accident.
“At the conclude of 2020 our consumers said, ‘Wait a minute. Mom’s declare settled for $505,000? We didn’t get any of that cash,’” Bland instructed The Publish past thirty day period.
In actuality, various insurers essentially paid out out far more than eight instances that volume to Fleming, according to Bland.
Paul and his mom, Alex Murdaugh’s spouse Maggie, had been found shot to death in June. The double-murder stays less than investigation.
Murdaugh turned himself into law enforcement for existence insurance policies fraud immediately after allegedly choosing a hit male to get rid of him so his surviving son could accumulate his $10 million coverage.
The would-be assassin missed his mark and still left the distinguished attorney with a graze wound to the head.
Murdaugh was introduced on $20,000 bond final month to go to rehab for what his law firm described as a “tremendous” opioid habit.