Alex Murdaugh is facing multiple charges for allegedly defrauding the family of his housekeeper, who died under suspicious circumstances.
Gloria Satterfield passed away suspiciously from a fall at the Murdaugh family home in 2018. Her family has pleaded for her case to be re-examined, considering the shady history of the family. Murdaugh was found guilty earlier this year of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son Paul in June 2021. He is already facing life in prison for those slayings, and now, the fraud charges have added a new legal battle for the convicted killer.
According to the 22-count indictment, Murdaugh was able to steal the $4.3 million settlement that the Satterfield estate was supposed to be paid from Murdaugh’s insurance companies. Murdaugh did so by having one of his attorneys deposit the family’s money into an account that was opened for the sole purpose of funneling stolen personal injury payouts. This elaborate scheme to steal from the Satterfield family took place between May 2017 and July 2021, though prosecutors believe Murdaugh had other financial crime victims. They are confident that he carried out similar thefts dating back to at least September 2005. Back in March, his accomplice Russell Laffitte was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, and misapplication of bank funds. He was a banker who helped Murdaugh carry out his scam.
Sadly, Satterfield’s family never received any money from the settlement, as they explained in the Netflix documentary, “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal.” Obtaining the funds may be an uphill battle now, which could likely take several more years if they receive anything. The family also wants an investigation into how Satterfield died after it was confirmed that Murdaugh fabricated some of the insurance claim documents regarding her fatal fall.