Insurance settlements totaling at least $3 million may have been shifted from the estate of the late housekeeper of South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, an attorney representing the state says, according to a report.
“There was at least $3M in insurance payments to the heirs of Gloria Satterfield. We’re going after that money,” Eric Bland, an attorney representing South Carolina, told The State newspaper, Columbia.
” “That $3 million remains missing,” he said.
Earlier this month, Bland filed a lawsuit on behalf of Satterfield’s estate, claiming that Murdaugh had mishandled $505,000 in known insurance proceeds, the newspaper reported.
That lawsuit claims Murdaugh and two other men diverted $505,000 that should have gone to Satterfield’s two sons following her February 2018 death, the report said. Bland said that he plans to soon name additional defendants in relation to the accusations, but did not give details.
Housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, 57, died in a hospital weeks after a fall at the home of South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, authorities have said.
Satterfield, 57, did not have a will when she died in a hospital, reportedly weeks after suffering a fall at Murdaugh’s home. According to the estate, Satterfield’s death details are unclear.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) have said Satterfield’s death will undergo a new review in light of the still-unsolved June murders of Murdaugh’s wife and son, Murdaugh’s alleged addiction to oxycodone, and his alleged participation in a scheme to have himself fatally shot in a bid to collected $10 million in insurance money for his surviving son, The State reported.
Murdaugh, 53, surrendered Thursday on charges related to the alleged plot to have himself killed. He was subsequently released from jail on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond with plans to enter a rehabilitation facility.
A suspect arrested in connection with the alleged plot, identified as Curtis “Fast Eddie” Smith, 61, claims he was set up by Murdaugh, The New York Post reported.
Satterfield’s children are “shell-shocked” by the news. Ronnie Richter told Fox News Friday . that Murdaugh was released pending legal action.
Murdaugh was fired by PMPED in South Carolina, where he was previously a partner.