Alex Murdaugh faces 27 new charges in SC grand jury indictments

Crime & Safety

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – The South Carolina attorney general announced additional indictments Friday against suspended attorney Alex Murdaugh.

A South Carolina grand jury issued five indictments, totaling 27 counts, against Murdaugh.

These indictments charge Murdaugh with four counts of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent; seven counts of Obtaining Signature or Property by False Pretenses; seven counts of Money Laundering; eight counts of Computer Crimes; and one count of Forgery.

The Supreme Court of South Carolina suspended the 53-year-old from practicing law in September.

The cases start in 2015 and go all the way through May of this year, just before his wife and son were murdered.

The indictment says Murdaugh used a fake bank account and company name of “Forge Consulting LLC” to get their checks- and then pass out that cash to himself, creditors, family, and fellow attorneys and associates.


One of those victims was Thomas Moore, an injured highway patrol officer from Orangeburg who Murdaugh allegedly took more than $125,000 in insurance money from by “relying on his prestige and reputation as a lawyer” to get him to sign over his check.


Attorneys from another unnamed law firm in Bamberg county are out almost $800,000.

For that case, according to the grand jury, Murdaugh used a potential Mallory Beach civil settlement as his excuse for not giving back hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.

Murdaugh was previously indicted by a Colleton County grand jury for offenses related to a scheme to commit suicide and defraud an insurance company.

Murdaugh remains in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Altogether, Murdaugh is charged with respect to alleged schemes to defraud victims and thereafter launder $4,853,488.09.

Murdaugh’s attorneys released a statement that reads in part “We are not surprised by these new charges related to Alex’s handling of client funds and law firm fees. We have made it clear that Alex regrets that his actions have diverted attention from solving the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul.”

Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, attorneys for the Satterfield family released this statement about the new indictments:

The Satterfield family is grateful to law enforcement for their continued efforts in the investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Gloria Satterfield and the egregious breaches of trust and theft committed upon her sons. The additional indictments brought today in connection with the crimes committed against Gloria and her sons as well as apparently others are welcome, long overdue, and were appropriately brought. While justice can appear at times to move slowly when the dam breaks, justice flows like a mighty river – and in this case, a mighty river is needed to cleanse all that has occurred.  Of course, Mr. Murdaugh is entitled to his presumption of innocence and to his rights under the criminal process.  For now, however, it seems the State-Wide Grand Jury was as unimpressed with his opioid defense and other explanations given as we have been.  As always, we are steadfastly in the Satterfield corner and committed to seeing these matters to the end.  Ultimately, we will entrust a Judge or jury to let us know when the Satterfield’s have received their full cup of justice – not Alex Murdaugh or his attorneys. “

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