The disgraced South Carolina lawyer was taken into custody after his release from an drug rehab center in Orlando. According to reports, he arrived at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Richland, South Carolina on Saturday after reneging on an extradition hearing held in Florida.
Murdaugh’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian, had said Friday that Murdaugh intended to return to South Carolina voluntarily, after acknowledging that he will likely face prison time.
According to warrants made public Saturday, Murdaugh was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses in connection with the estate of Gloria Satterfield, a former housekeeper who worked at Murdaugh’s home until her death in 2018, Greenville, South Carolina-based FOX Carolina reported.
Satterfield fell at the home, striking her head, on Feb. 2, 2018, and then died 24 days later, the station reported.
Authorities say Murdaugh then worked with Satterfield family members to put together a lawsuit against himself that would allow the survivors to collect an insurance payment, then convinced the Satterfield family to hire lawyer Cory Fleming to represent them, FOX Carolina reported.
Fleming later worked out a deal to collect $505,000 but Satterfield’s survivors were never told about the money, the warrants against Murdaugh state, according to FOX Carolina.
(Hampton County Detention Center)
The warrants further allege that Murdaugh opened a bank account with the name “Forge” and instructed Fleming to send money, in the amount of $403,000, to that account instead of to Satterfield’s family, the report said. According to FOX Carolina, Murdaugh’s and Fleming’s alleged actions denied Satterfield’s survivors money they owed.
A suit was filed by Satterfield’s sons claiming Murdaugh stole more than $4million they claim belongs to them.
Separately, Murdaugh has claimed innocence in the unsolved shooting deaths of his wife and son, and is alleged to have participated in a scheme to have himself fatally shot so that his surviving son could allegedly collect an insurance payment, authorities have said.
Murdaugh was questioned in September by a South Carolina judge about the shooting plot against him, before he was admitted to the Florida rehabilitation facility.