COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD/WSAV) – A South Carolina grand jury has handed down a slew of charges against suspended and disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh.

The four indictments consist of 23 new charges against Murdaugh, including 19 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and three counts of computer crimes.

The four new alleged victims from Hampton and Allendale County, include a deaf man who was paralyzed in a crash.
The total from this round that prosecutors say he took for himself and his family is more than $2.2 million.

Hakeem Pinckney was a student at the South Carolina School for the Deaf in 2009 when he got into a car accident that left him paralyzed.
Pinckney died in 2011, the same year that a Grand Jury says Alex Murdaugh stole close to a million dollars from his family.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s office says Murdaugh allegedly wrote checks to himself and to his shell company “Forge”, and even one for $101,000 to Bank of America to pay off his large credit card bill.

In Pinckney’s case, court documents show Murdaugh was his lawyer, suing the Michelin North America Tire Company, the maker of the tire which may have caused the accident which paralyzed him. Court documents say this case was settled in 2012, but Pinckney and his family never saw a dime.

Murdaugh was first indicted by the South Carolina Grand Jury in November and December on 48 total counts including breach of trust with fraudulent intent, obtaining property by false pretenses, money laundering, computer crimes, and forgery.

For this round of indictments, Murdaugh is facing 19 counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and 4 counts of computer crime.

Here is a breakdown of the latest indictments handed down this month:

In the first new January indictment, venue in Allendale County, Murdaugh is charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, Value $10,000 or More (3 counts); and Computer Crime, Value $10,000 or More (2 counts). Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, Value $10,000 or More is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine in the discretion of the court. Computer Crime, Value $10,000 or More is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000. The indictments arise out of an alleged scheme to defraud the victims of $583,056.14.

 In the second new January indictment, venue in Allendale County, Murdaugh was charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, Value More Than $2,000, but Less than $10,000 (14 counts), and Computer Crime, Value $10,000 or More (1 count). The indictments arise out of an alleged scheme to defraud the victim of $1,325,000.00.

 In the third new January indictment, venue in Hampton County, Murdaugh was charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, Value $10,000 or More (2 counts); and Computer Crime, Value $10,000 or More (1 count). The indictments arise out of an alleged scheme to defraud the victim of $350,245.08.

 In the fourth new January indictment, venue in Hampton County, Murdaugh was charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent, Value $10,000 or More (2 counts); and Computer Crime, Value $10,000 or More (2 counts). The indictments arise out of an alleged scheme to defraud the victim of $398,714.90.

“Altogether, Murdaugh is charged in the new January State Grand Jury Indictments with respect to alleged schemes to defraud victims of $2,657,016.12,” according to Wilson. “When combined with the State Grand Jury Indictments from November and December 2021, the alleged total is $8,875,944.45.”

Wilson said the State Grand Jury’s investigation has been conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Attorney General’s office, FBI, and other agencies.

Murdaugh has been at the center of numerous investigations including the mystery involving his wife and son’s death, a failed attempted suicide and taking settlement money from the family of a long-time housekeeper who died in a slip and fall accident at their Colleton County home.

He was indicted by a Colleton County grand jury for the scheme to commit suicide and defraud an insurance company.

He was later served with two arrest warrants out of Beaufort County for ‘Obtaining Goods by False Pretenses.’ Murdaugh was seeking treatment at a facility in Florida at the time. He was brought back to South Carolina and remains in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.